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12. How will your child be supported when they are joining our school/ leaving our school or moving to another class?

We recognize that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEN, and we take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.
If your child is joining us from another school:
• The SENCo will visit pre-schools with the Foundation Stage Leader when appropriate.
• If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.
• Your child will be able to visit our school and stay for a taster session, if this is appropriate.
• Two “buddies” will be assigned to your child of he/ she is moving mid- year, to show them around school and to make them feel welcome.
If your child is moving to another school:
• We will contact the school SENCo 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 SENCo 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 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. Targets/ My Plan will be shared with the new teacher.
• If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.
• You will be asked to to share your views/ concerns regarding transition by filling in “Parent’s questionnaire”.
• Pupils will be asked to complete “My Passport to Year…” – a pupil questionnaire that will be passed on to their new teacher.
In Year 6:
• The SENCo will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCo of the child’s secondary school. In most cases, a transition review meeting to which you will be invited will take place with the SENCo from the new school.
• Your child will participate in sessions related to all aspects of transition, to support their understanding of the changes ahead.
• 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 book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them

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