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SEND - Transition

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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.

Further information can be found in our SEND information report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

At Wheatley Hill Primary School, we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs. We work in partnership with all our feeder 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 secondary school staff or pupil mentoring from secondary schools.

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. We use Social stories for some of our children. These use pictures of the new environment, staff and routines for children to look at and prepare themselves for the changes.

New starters for Reception children are provided with the following opportunities:

  • Parent Open Information Event

  • Children’s visits to Reception class in the Summer Term

At Wheatley Hill Primary School, we have a flexible approach and additional visit opportunities or multi-agency meetings can be organised if required. 

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