At Edmondsley Primary and Nursery School, we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school
New starters at Edmondsley Primary and Nursery School are provided with the following opportunities:
- a personal individual tour of our school by a senior member of staff. This provides an opportunity to verbally share any information you wish to;
- a school information pack which gives further details of our school and a form to complete if you feel your child has special educational needs;
- an opportunity to meet with the SENCO if appropriate;
- parent/carer ‘Meet and Greet’ held by head teacher, class teachers and classroom assistants; and
- children’s visits to reception and nursery class in the summer term.
At Edmondsley Primary and Nursery School we have a very flexible approach and additional visit opportunities or multi-agency meetings can be organised if required.
How we support children/young people with SEN moving between classes in our school
Transition from each year group is supported so that the children will be familiar with their new teachers and are familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation. In addition to the transition day for all pupils in July, further transition activities can be arranged where it is felt to be beneficial for the child. In the final support plan review in summer term, new teachers are invited to come to listen and gain a greater understanding of your child’s special educational needs in preparation for the next year.
How we support children/young people with SEN leaving our school
We have a strong partnership with our feeder secondary schools and are able to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This takes the form of additional visits for pupils, one to one / small group working with secondary school staff or pupil mentoring from secondary schools.
Throughout the final year at primary school, a transition worker visits the children regularly and works alongside them on several projects.
The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. If it is felt appropriate, secondary school colleagues will attend Annual Reviews (for those children with EHCP) 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. School staff will take opportunities to work alongside parents/carers to visit secondary schools in advance of secondary placement applications being submitted to the local authority.
This ensures parents/carers can make the most informed placement decision for their child. When a secondary school has been allocated to the child, parents are fully involved and consulted at all stages of the transition process.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.