At Eythorne Elvington, we work closely with the educational settings used by the pupils before they transfer to us from Pre-school or when changing schools, in order to seek the information that will make the transfer as seamless as possible. 

We also contribute information to a pupils’ onward destination by providing information to the next setting.  On Secondary transfer, SENDCOs meet in order to exchange confidential and updated SEN documents to the receiving school of children who are still on the SEN support Register.  Those with EHC Plans are also discussed at review during the year preceding transfer and to which the Secondary Support Leader/SENDCo is invited to attend.

How will your child be supported during transition?

If your child is joining us from another school:

  • The SENDCO will visit preschools with the Foundation Stage teacher when appropriate.
  • Pupils transferring into the Reception class are supported by a full programme of visits during the summer term.
  • The SENDCO will liaise/visit the child’s previous school as appropriate.
  • Your child will be able to visit us and stay for a taster session, if this is appropriate.
  • If your child would be helped by a transition book/passport to support them in understanding moving on, one will be made for them.

If your child is moving to another school:

  • We will make contact with the SENDCO and ensure they know about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child. Wherever possible, a planning meeting will take place with the SENDCO of the new school.
  • We will make sure your child’s records are passed to the new school as soon as possible.
  • If your child would be helped by a transition book/passport to support them in understanding moving on, one will be made for them.

When moving classes within school:

  • Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and teachers will be given time to discuss all pupils moving to their new class.
  • Where possible, the final plan-do-review meeting of the year will include parents, the SENDCo, the child’s current and new teacher.
  • The SENDCO will provide class teachers with up to date SEND files in the July prior to the new school to allow teachers to fully understand the needs of all SEND pupils in their new class in advance, and so inform planning.
  • If your child would be helped by a transition book/passport to support them in understanding moving on, one will be made for them.

If your child is moving from year 6 to year 7

  • The SENDCO will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENDCO of the child’s secondary school. In most cases, a transition review meeting to which you will be invited to will take place with the SENDCO of the new school.
  • Your child will participate in learning activities relating to aspects of transition, to support understanding of the changes ahead.
  • Where possible, your child will visit their new school on several occasions, and in most cases staff from the new school will visit your child in their current school.
  • Any child who is identified as having SEN, AEN or have anxiety around transition will be invited to additional transition days for vulnerable learners.
  • If your child would be helped by a transition book/passport to support them in understanding moving on, one will be made for them.
  • If your child’s move would be helped by additional transition support via Early Help this can be requested.