How will you support my child with SEND with starting school?

If your child has been allocated a place in our school by the local authority and they have a SEND, please contact us as soon as you receive the offer as we may not have details of their needs at this stage. We will invite you to visit the school with your child to look around and meet staff. If other professionals are involved, a meeting may be held to discuss your child’s needs, share strategies used, and ensure provision is put in place before your child starts. The SENCO and/or Early Years Foundation Stage leader  will make a home visit and also visit your child if they are attending another provision or school; this will automatically happen if your child is starting in the school Foundation Stage 1 class (nursery class).

We may suggest adaptations to the settling in period to help your child to settle more easily, but these will be agreed with you.

Following the settling in period, the class teacher will arrange a meeting with you to review your child’s learning and progress.

How will my child be supported when moving up to Junior school?

We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. If your child is moving to another school  

  • We will talk with your child to identify how they are feeling about the move and discuss with them how to make it as positive an experience as possible.
  • We will contact the new school’s SENCO and ensure s/he knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child.
  • The SENDCO can provide a social story with pictures of key features, key adults from their new school to help talk about the transition at home.
  • Where possible we will support a visit to the new school in advance of the move.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.