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Transition

When moving to and from Swanland Education Trust, when moving year groups and when moving key stages a thorough transition process which is adapted and personalised to the child is put in place. Please see the detail below of the process that will happen.  

Joining in the Foundation Stage

When joining Swanland Education Trust in the Foundation Stage, we have a full induction programme:

  • We have a good relationship with the feeder nurseries and whenever possible a member of the Trust staff will have visited the nursery before the children start
  • A member of the Inclusion Team will also visit individual children, if it is felt that this would be beneficial
  • For children where there are multi-agency meetings planned, a member of the Inclusion Team will endeavour to attend
  • The Foundation Stage teachers conduct home visits
  • All children receive a starting school book
  • The children are invited in to school for three afternoons during the summer term
  • When appropriate we will endeavour to access appropriate training to ensure we are prepared and equipped to meet your child’s needs
  • Appropriate referrals to outside agencies will be made swiftly
  • Additional arrangements can be made on an individual basis

Moving between year groups

When children are moving between year groups:

  • Children with additional needs create a ‘One Page Profile’  which contains information that they feel their new teacher should know about them.  This is then given to their new teacher.
  • Children with additional needs have an opportunity to prepare questions that they have about the change and are given opportunities to find out the answers.
  • Children are asked to take messages to the new teacher, to create opportunities for them to familiarise themselves with the teacher and area of school.
  • Children take excellent work that they have produced to show their new teacher.
  • When relevant, children are given a book of photographs of their new room, key staff, the cloakroom and toilets to share at home over the summer holidays.
  • We have a ‘move around’ morning in the summer term, where all children will spend some time in their new classroom and meet their new teacher

Transferring to Secondary School

When children are transferring to secondary school:

  • The SENCo from the secondary school is invited to ‘termly support plan’ meetings for children in year five and six, if it is felt that this would be beneficial
  • There are a number of visits to the feeder secondary school and the secondary school staff visit the children in year five and year six
  • There is an extra transition visit to the secondary school for children whom it is felt would benefit from this
  • We have a resource pack which explores ‘moving to secondary school’, we use with individuals as and when it is relevant
  • Individual transition arrangements are made according to the child’s needs during the ‘termly support plan’ meetings

Transferring to Swanland Education Trust

When a child with SEND is transferring to Swanland Education Trust at any other point in their education:

  • We will make contact with members of staff from the current school
  • Where possible we will visit the setting the child is coming to us from
  • Depending on the level of need the child has, we may hold a meeting to discuss arrangements to support the child’s inclusion
  • When appropriate we will endeavour to access appropriate training to ensure we are prepared and equipped to meet the child’s needs
  • Appropriate referrals to outside agencies will be made swiftly
  • We will provide the child with a ‘buddy’ to support their transition. Their ‘buddy’ will show them around the school and be there for them during social times