How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school and how does our school help prepare to meet your child’s needs
At Annfield Plain Infant School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with Additional Needs.
Early Years Staff make visits to all feeder Nurseries to meet the children who will be starting our school. They spend time working with the children, observing them in a familiar environment and talking to their key workers. We encourage all new children to visit the school prior to starting and this is done through a series of transition days. For children with SEND we organise further visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings. We would also do more visits at current nurseries.
The SENCO attends EHCP meetings in the summer term for children moving from Nursery to Infant School in the Autumn Term.
We work in partnership with our feeder Junior and 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 Junior school staff or pupil and PSA (Parent Support Advisor). The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil.
If it is felt appropriate Junior 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 Junior school. School staff will take opportunities to work alongside parents/carers to visit the junior school in advance of placement applications being submitted to the Local Authority. This ensures parents/carers can make the most informed placement decision for their child. When a Junior school has been allocated to the child, parents are fully involved and consulted at all stages of the transition process.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.