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Planning for the transition to secondary school

Our SEND Quality and Inclusion team hosted a series of meetings between primary and secondary special educational needs coordinators ( SENCOs ) recently to start planning for the children, currently in year 5 (aged 9 and 10) who will be moving to secondary school in September 2020.

We recognise that transitioning to secondary school can be a difficult and worrying time for children and can present another set of challenges for children with additional needs. Ensuring  SEND children feel safe and have appropriate people and places to go to if they need help is essential.

The purpose of the meetings was to:

  • Secure placements for pupils with education health and care plans ( EHCPs ) within their catchment and local communities
  • Enable primary  SENCOs to give informed advice to parents about high schools and their  SEN provision
  • Encourage quality inclusive and supported transitions for all pupils
  • Improve awareness and knowledge on the broad range of needs that all secondary schools are able to offer
  • Begin to identify schools where children with similar needs may be moving to and therefore establish what enhanced support is needed in order to be successfully and positively inclusive for those pupils in the long term

Primary school  SENCOs came prepared with the knowledge about the children who will be moving up to secondary schools and linked in with their feeder secondary school  SENCO to discuss their needs and how they could be met.

SENCOs  also talked about having earlier discussions with children in year 4 (aged 8 and 9) and their parents; giving more time for support and additional resources to be put in place.

Everyone recognised the importance of networking and communication between key stage transitions to achieve smarter working, use of resources and ultimately and most importantly happy children.

For more information about supporting  SEND in education, visit our Local Offer.