SEN Transition

How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school

When a child with SEN starts our school we will liaise with the parents to ensure that the transition is smooth and sensitively carried out. Adjustments may be made to the length of the school day where necessary. A home visit may be carried out to get to know the child before they start our school.

How we support children/young people with SEN moving between classes in our school

As we are a relatively small school, most of the children in our school know all of the staff. We ensure that children spend time with their new teacher before moving class. Teachers meet to discuss the needs of the children before the start of the new term. Additional transition visits may be needed for children with SEN. Children are given a transition booklet to refer to over the holidays (September start).

How we support children/young people with SEN leaving our school

We have set up effective links with our local secondary schools. The children in Year 6 are visited by a transition worker on several occasions before they move schools. Teachers from the secondary school meet with the SENCO and class teacher in the Summer Term, to pass on information and arrange transition visits. The SENCO may work with the child, parents and secondary school to organise additional visits and/or planning meetings for children with SEND.

Our SENCO is Mrs Katie Hay. She can be contacted at k.hay300@deanbank.durham.sch.uk. Mrs Hay is currently working towards the National Award for SEN Coordination. details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the school policies section of our website.