We recognize that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
At St Michael’s Primary School we recognise the importance of a successful transition for all pupils. Moreover, for pupils with additional needs, it is imperative that all transitions between year groups, Key-Stages and schools are planned for and monitored carefully to ensure the best start in each phase of a child’s education.
We work in partnership with our feeder secondary schools (Most of our pupil’s will got to St Leonard’s Comprehensive School) to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This may take the form of additional visits for pupils, one to one / small group working with secondary school staff or pupil mentoring from secondary schools.
The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. If it is felt appropriate secondary school colleagues (the SENCo, the Head of Year and the Transition worker) will attend Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil. We have found this strategy particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents and pupils may have. We are particularly keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school.
Transition from each Year Group is supported so that the children have met with their new teachers and are familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation. This is known as ‘Change-Over Day’ and takes places during the final half term of the year. Class teachers will meet to discuss the children they are handing over before the new school year.
New starters for Foundation children are provided with the following opportunities:
- New parents open evening (the Summer term)
- New parents curriculum evening ( Autumn term once the children have started school)
- Children’s visits to Foundation class in the Summer Term (two half days and one full day)
At St Michael’s Primary School we have a flexible approach and additional visit opportunities or multi-agency meetings can be organised if required.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.