Joining the school community
How will we support your child when they are joining the school? Leaving the school? Or moving to another class?
We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND, and we take the necessary steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
If your child is joining us from another school:
- The SENDCo will visit pre-schools with the class teacher or Foundation Stage Leader when appropriate and attend annual reviews for pre-school children.
- The SENDCo will complete year 6 transition stages from feeder primaries.
- If your child would be helped by a social story book/passport to support them to understand moving on, then one will be made for them with information about their current placement and their new school.
- Your child will be able to visit our school in advance of their movement.
- Parents will be invited to attend an information evenings.
- You may be given an opportunity for additional visits where appropriate to help to prepare your child for their move to the school.
If your child is moving to another school:
- We will contact the school’s SENDCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child. Where possible, a planning meeting will take place with the SENDCo from the new school.
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
- If your child would be helped by a social story book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.
When moving classes in school:
- Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and in most cases a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. IEP s will be shared with the new teacher.
- Your child will be supported by a social story or pupil passport, to help them understanding moving on, if required.
- Your child may participate in a transition group or be able to visit the new class more frequently where appropriate, to prepare them for the move.
In Year 6 for outside feeder schools:
- The SENDCo and class teacher will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENDCo of the child’s secondary school. Where appropriate, a transition review meeting to which you will be invited will take place between both schools.
- Where possible, your child will visit their new school on several occasions, and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.
- If your child would be helped by a social story/passport to support them in understanding moving on, then one will be made for them.
How will we support your child’s emotional and social development?
We recognise that some children have additional emotional and social needs that need to be developed and nurtured. These needs can manifest themselves in a number of ways, including behavioural difficulties, anxiety, and struggling to communicate effectively.
- All classes follow a structured PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) curriculum to support this development. However, for those children who find aspects of this difficult we offer:
- Social skills groups to develop emotional language and literacy, and the skills needed to initiate friendships and interact socially with their peers. This includes the use of SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and specific programmes called Talk-a-bout or Time to Talk for younger children. There are also similar programmes for children at Key Stage 2 that is delivered at their level. Many of these programmes are delivered by members of the Inclusion Team or teaching assistants who are trained and experienced in delivering these programmes.
- A range of extra-curricular groups which all children are invited to join.
- Lunchtime and playtime support through planned activities and groups.
- 1:1 lunchtime and playtime support for children to develop skills in play and social interaction
If your child still needs extra support, with your permission the Inclusion team will access further support through outside agencies including links with specialist schools, Local Offer support and the Early Help Assessment process.
Pupils, staff and parents are expected to listen carefully and respectfully to each other. Where an issue arises, parents should, in the first instance, make an appointment to speak with their child’s class teacher and seek to resolve any concerns. If a parent believes that their concern has not been resolved to their satisfaction or is of a more serious or sensitive nature, an appointment should be made to see the Headteacher Tim Marston who will investigate and report back on the results of the investigation. Where an issue is not satisfactorily resolved, parents should then take up the matter with the Chair of Governors or an academy trust member. A copy of the school’s Complaints Procedure is available on request from the school.
The new SEND Code of Practice (launched July 2014) can be downloaded at: