Transition refers to children moving from one class to another class usually at the start of the academic year in September.
At Aycliffe Village Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
We have a strong partnership with our feeder secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This takes the form of additional visits for pupils, one to one / small group working with secondary school staff or pupil mentoring from secondary schools.
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.
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.
Children new to our Reception class are provided with the following opportunities:
- A personal individual tour of our school by a senior member of staff. This provides an opportunity for parents/carers to share any information they wish to.
- A school information pack which gives further details of our school.
- Parent Open Information Event led by Head teacher, class teachers and classroom assistants.
- Children’s visits to Reception class in the Summer Term.
At Aycliffe Village Primary School we have a very flexible approach and additional visit opportunities or multi-agency meetings can be organised if required. We will do all we can to meet the needs of your child and to ensure they have a smooth transition.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.