We recognize that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
How we will support children with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school:
In the SEND department we know how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs. We provide extra visits for those who we feel will benefit from an enhanced transition. The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. Staff will also take opportunities to visit our feeder primary schools and get to know the pupils in their current setting.
This gives us an opportunity to see what is currently in place for the pupil and how we can support them at Wellfield. Where needed, the SENCO/Head of Learning will attend the Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil. At this meeting we hope to ease any worries or concerns for the move to Wellfield.
We are keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school. We invite parents during the summer term of Year Six, this opportunity involves a tour of the school (including areas used for additional support), being introduced to key staff and having the chance to discuss any concerns again before the start of Year Seven. This meeting is followed up by another invitation in the Autumn Term of year 7, where the transition period is discussed, reviewed and evaluated.
During Year 9 students with a SEND are also provided support with Option Choices for Year 10 via the SEN team, their Head of Learning and associated staff members.
We also provide an enhanced transition for KS4 pupils moving onto their Post-16 choice. This can include visits with familiar staff to the new provision and inviting new staff to Wellfield to meet the pupil and attend Annual Reviews where needed. Again the period of transition will depend on the individual needs of the pupil.
If your child is moving child 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. We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
In Year 11:-
- Your child will be supported by Mrs Drewett and will meet with a One Point Worker to create a plan for their Post 16 education;
- Your child’s Head of Learning and tutor will support your child in finding a new school/college;
- If necessary, the Head of Inclusion (SENCO), One Point Worker, Head of Learning or Year Manager will arrange visits to new schools / colleges for your child.
- All relevant SEND Information will be shared with the provider the student transitions to.
If you have any questions about SEND please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.