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16. How will the school prepare/support my child when joining or transferring to a new school?

A number of strategies are in place to enable effective children’ transition. These include:

On entry:

  • A planned induction programme for Nursery and Reception children is delivered in the summer term to support transfer for children starting school or Nursery in September.

  • The Nursery team also make home school visits to meet the family in their familiar setting.

  • The Early Years Foundation team visit the children in their previous nursery settings where possible and make home visits to children who have attended an alternative nursery setting.

  • Parents/carers are invited to a meeting at the school and are provided with a range of information to support them in enabling their child to settle into the school routine.

  • The Child and Family Support workers and SENCo meet with parents of new children who are known to have SEND to allow concerns to be raised and solutions to any perceived challenges to be identified prior to entry.

  • If children are transferring from another setting, the previous school records will be requested immediately and a meeting set up with parents and external agencies already involved where possible, to identify and reduce any concerns.

     

Transition to the next school

  • A transition programme will be provided for children and parents to meet staff in their new school. These opportunities are further enhanced for children with SEND.

  • When a pupil is in Year 1 with a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the annual review begins the process where parents are supported to make decisions regarding school choice for Key Stage 2.

  • Parents will be encouraged to consider options for the next phase of education and the school will involve outside agencies as appropriate, to ensure information provided is comprehensive but accessible.

  • Accompanied visits to other providers may be arranged as appropriate.

  • For children transferring to local schools, the SENCos of both schools will meet to discuss to discuss the needs of children with SEN in order to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Feedback will be obtained on the effectiveness of the transition process.

  • The records of children who leave the school mid-phase will be transferred within 5 working days of the parents notifying us their child has been enrolled at another school.

 

How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

The school receives funding to respond to children with SEND from a number of sources that include:

  • A proportion of the funds allocated per pupil to the school to provide for their education called the Age Weighted Pupil Unit

  • The Notional SEN budget. This is a fund devolved to schools to support them to meet the needs of children with SEND.

  • The Pupil Premium funding 2014-2015 provides additional funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6)

    • £1,300 for Infant and Nursery-aged pupils

      Service children: £300 for each pupil for four years (Ever 4)

      Schools may also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more

  • was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:

  • a special guardianship order

  • a residence order

     

  • For those children with the most complex needs, the school will be allocated additional educational needs funding from the Local Authority’s High Needs SEN funding allocation.

  • This funding is then used to provide the equipment and facilities to support the children with special educational needs and disabilities. The range of support offered is identified on the Provision maps. These target the broad areas of need:

  • Communication and interaction

  • Cognition and learning

  • Social, mental and emotional health

  • Sensory and/or physical

If parents wish to discuss the options available for their child, they are welcome to make an appointment to see the class teacher or SENCo.


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