What we do
We appreciate that any transition within a child’s school career has a key role to play in their happiness, confidence and general self-esteem around school.
It is important to us that children are well prepared for the next steps in their educational journey. At Butterknowle Primary we recognise that all transitions can be especially important for children with additional needs.
Nursery/Pre-school into Foundation Stage
Before a child starts with us we try to gain as much insight as we can into the child’s educational needs, stage of development and family background. Class teachers will regularly visit with nursery/pre-school settings to meet the child and family in a familiar environment and if deemed appropriate will undertake home visits.
Parents are always encouraged to visit school on a number of occasions before their child starts with us to allow them to meet people, become familiar with the school environment and of course ask any relevant questions.
Formal ‘meet the teacher’ sessions are held for parents and a series of at least 4 pre-school visits are organised for the children to come and experience school for themselves.
Throughout this time parents/carers are encouraged to share information regarding their child with us in both formal and informal ways.
Children with SEND may require additional support when moving from their nursery or pre-school setting and we work with staff in these settings to ensure that so that all relevant information is shared. This means that the transition process can be as seamless and supportive for both parent and child as possible.
In- School Transition
Where a move takes place within school, all appropriate details are fully shared amongst any relevant teachers and support staff.
This is mainly done by the passing on of cohort tracking data (attainment and progress), any class intervention files, and SEND support plans. Pupil progress and wellbeing is discussed on a regular basis in staff meetings so that every staff member is aware of the individual learning needs of all children including those with SEND.
At the end of the academic year each pupil takes part in a ‘moving up’ day where they meet their new teacher and experience life in their new classroom. Children with SEND are supported by both class teachers and LSA’s during this process, and if appropriate LSA’s will accompany them to ensure this is a positive experience.
Primary to Secondary Transition
We have extensive links with a number of secondary colleagues with whom we work very closely throughout the school year. In past years we have had children leave us to move onto schools as varied as Staindrop Academy, St Johns , Bishop Auckland, Wolsingham School and Teesdale .
Each school has its own in-built transition programme and we fully participate in this work to best prepare children for the next step in their learning journey. Children with additional learning needs are fully supported in this process and school staff will accompany them as appropriate on transition visits. Likewise, secondary colleagues are invited into school to share information with parents/carers and to build a positive relationship with key members of staff at their child’s new school.
If you have any questions specifically regarding transition, please contact Mrs Harmer through the school office.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.