During the summer term, all staff liaise closely gathering relevant information in order to make the transition into the next year group as smooth as possible. Transition meetings and plans are put into place in consultation with children and parents/carers as part of their SEND support provision. This may mean that additional resources are developed or purchased in preparation for the following year, or teachers may plan additional transition days so that children with SEND get to know their new classroom and teacher(s) better.
On these days, the children will have the opportunity to spend time in their new class with their new teacher. This time is spent carrying out ‘Getting to Know Me’ type activities. We have found that such days have helped greatly to reduce possible anxieties or to answer any questions which the children may have.
Consett Academy works closely with Delves Lane Primary School delivering a wide range of transition events for Years 4, 5 and 6.
Additional and different Year 6 programmes run throughout the summer term of Year 6. These are aimed at reducing stress and anxiety for specifically identified students.
The SENCO and the Year 6 teacher from Delves Lane Primary School work very closely with Mrs Ebbing and other SEND staff from Consett Academy to ensure that they know the individual needs of children who have SEND.
We also have transition links with St Bede’s Catholic School in Lanchester. We feel that this positive link between the schools is vital for the children so that progression can be continued and the transition is as efficient as possible, providing a very positive experience.
If it is felt appropriate, staff from the school that a child is transferring to will be invited to Annual Reviews. This provides an opportunity for them 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.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.