Children starting our nursery attend induction meetings and sessions. Additional visits to the nursery setting can be arranged. Often Portage Workers attend induction visits with High Need pupils and their support is invaluable in ensuring a smooth transition to our nursery. Home visits can be arranged. Staff liaise closely with health visitors and any outside agencies involved with children. Parents/carers are encouraged to share any concerns with us so we can begin to monitor concerns early and then work together to decide and take the appropriate action.
Transition from our nursery unit, or external nurseries, begins with short visits into the reception classes. Children from other settings can be visited either at home or at their Early Years provider. A meeting for parents to set out the procedures and expectations for their child's time in our school is organised and during that time children visit their new class. Parents are also informed of all of the ways their child can be supported during their time with us.
Transition sessions, for all year groups, towards the end of the summer term prove successful every year across the school. In readiness for the academic year 2016-2017 all pupils spent time in their new class at the beginning of July. Transition Arrangements are an important event in our school calendar and staff begin consultation at the start of the summer term. SEND Support Plans are discussed with the next teacher or phase and are detailed to ensure a smooth transition for SEND pupils.
At the end of their time with us, children are well supported with transition to secondary school. Transition work starts as early as February. Transition Workers come into school. We also have a member of staff Mrs Atkinson Jones (Social Learning Mentor) who previously worked as a Transition Worker. Her invaluable experience and skills in this role further support our Year 6 pupils. Our Social Learning Mentor accompanies pupils and their families to their chosen secondary school, on request, providing enhanced support and guidance for pupils with SEND.
Year 6 staff and the SENDCo meet with the Transition Worker to ensure there is a seamless transition of support. Additional meetings are arranged with receiving staff, parents/carers, pupils and Sugar Hill staff if it is felt necessary to share information at a more formal meeting. These meetings are arranged to agree targets and outcomes and to determine roles and responsibilities for primary and secondary school staff throughout the transition period to provide timely and appropriate support to both the child and their family. We care about taking steps to ensure support mechanisms are in place to support pupils when they move on to secondary school. Additional meetings are valuable in ensuring that support is not compromised during the transition period.
If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.