We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

How we support students with SEND when they are moving on to another class or leaving this school

For students in Year 6 moving into Year 7, The Head of Year, Year Manager and/or the SENCO will visit feeder Primary School. They meet with Year 6 teachers, school SENCOs and leaders to gather as much information as possible about these students, including SEND information. For students with SEND, the SENCO receives all relevant Year 6 information, including SEND files and SEND Support Plans. Parents/carers of students with SEND are also invited into school in the summer term prior to starting in September, in order to build relationships and reduce potential anxiety around support.

All Year 6 students who will be attending Dene Community School are invited to attend transition days in the summer term. Some students with SEND needs are invited for extra sessions to introduce them to the school. For students with a significant picture of needs or an EHC plan, the SENCO will attend Year 6 review meetings to understand and plan for their transition. Students moving between key stages within school will be given support and guidance with their subject choices.

SEND students moving from Year 11 to other establishments and employment will be supported by a number of different agencies. The Improving Progression Team offer guidance and support to students in Year 11 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. For those who do not fall into this category but require additional support with moving on to further education, the One Point Service will work with students to ensure that appropriate pathways are taken and needs will be met to support the transition into adulthood and independent living. We also liaise with the future education provider to ensure that they understand a student’s support needs by providing a transition plan created in conjunction with the student, family and the one point service.