At Shield Row Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs.
Our children will move onto North Durham Academy, Tanfield School and St. Bede’s from our school. We work in partnership with all our feeder secondary schools 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. From February half term a transition worker (Mrs Rockett) is timetabled to support in Y6 on a weekly basis to enable them to get to know the children, be aware of any barriers there may be to a smooth transition, and put plans in place to aid this. Transition visits take place at the beginning of July. Children who are more vulnerable are identified and supported during this time. If additional visits are required, these will be arranged. The SEND at both schools will meet with the parents to discuss individual cases.
The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. 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 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.
Year to Year transition.
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. We use Social stories for some of our children. These use pictures of the new environment, staff and routines for children to look at and prepare themselves for the changes..
For children with SEND additional visits can be arranged and where necessary further work will be done with the child to aid this move.
At Shield Row Primary 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.