How does the school help with transitions?
Transition to Foundation Class
Parents/Carers are invited to come into school on open days and on open evenings. Here the class teacher is available to explain how the class is set up and what your child can expect to be doing in their first year at St Michaels.
The class teacher will often visit the place where the children are in pre-school to see them in a group situation. The class teacher will often be introduced to the children who are coming to the school.
Towards the end of the school before your child comes for their first day at school there are Teddy Bear picnic days for visits for parents with their child. Arrangements for special transition taster days are made so children can visit the class and become familiar with the classroom and what it is like to be in a Foundation Class. There is the provision for further visits if necessary for children with Special Education Needs. This can be discussed at meetings with the new Class Teacher or SENDCO so that they can be personalised to meet the new pupil’s needs.
Transition Between Classes
Transition between classes is for most children at the end of the Summer Term and to spend a day with their new class teacher. However, if depending on the child more visits or talks with the new class teacher can be arranged. If necessary talks with the SENDCO are available to access further support within school or from outside agencies.
Transition to Secondary School
St Michaels has very good relationships with the local Secondary Schools. Any information about Special Needs requirements for pupils is discussed with the SENDCO of the Secondary School. A meeting is then arranged for Parents and Pupils to discuss arrangements for transition. Extra Transition arrangements may include: Meeting support staff from the Secondary School; Use of support booklets; Extra visits. For some children it may be necessary to have extra support from Outside Agencies to help with the emotional and behavioural issues. This can be accessed by the SENDCO.
If you want further information about transitions please contact the SENDCO.