At Neville’s Cross Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs.
New starters to Reception are provided with the following opportunities:
- Visits for parents to the school during Autumn Term prior to/during the primary admissions process
- Parent Information Evening during Summer Term before starting school
- Class teachers visit children in their nursery setting
- Children visit the classroom accompanied by parents in the Summer Term
- Children visit the classroom independently in the Summer Term
- Children and parents invited for school lunch
- Children provided with a transition booklet including information regarding their class teacher and photos of the classroom environment
- Additional visits may be arranged if necessary
Transition within school from class to class is supported so that the children have met with their new teachers and are familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation. This usually takes the form of several transition lessons over a few weeks culminating in a ‘Class Swap Day’ where children spend the entire day with their new class and class teacher.
It is sometimes necessary to provide children with a transition booklet including information regarding their new class teacher and photos of their new classroom environment. Additional arrangements may also be made to ease children’s anxieties during the transition process.
We work in close partnership with our secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit. This may take the form of additional visits for pupils, one to one or small group working with secondary school staff. Durham Johnston have a transition worker who visits the Y6 children weekly throughout the Spring and Summer Term and then continues transition during the Autumn Term when the children are at secondary school.
The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the child. If it is felt appropriate, secondary school colleagues 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 children may have. We are particularly keen to involve parents as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school.
School staff will also take opportunities to work alongside parents to visit secondary schools in advance of secondary placement applications being submitted to the Local Authority. This ensures parents 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.