• HOW WILL THE SCHOOL PREPARE AND SUPPORT MY CHILD WHEN JOINING THE SCHOOL AND TRANSFERRING TO A NEW SCHOOL?

    v  For children with SEND an individual transition programme will be put in place to enable them to visit Orchard Junior regularly. This could be individually or with a group of friends. 

    v  The SENCO and staff identified in the support of individual pupils with SEND will make visits to the pupil in their own class in order to build a relationship.

    v  The ELSA team or identified LSAs may write social stories for pupils who may find transition difficult. Pupils are encouraged to visit and take photographs of the school and receiving staff which are made into a book that can be shared with parents throughout the summer.

    v  Prior to transition to secondary school the SENCO and class teachers identify pupils who could find  the process challenging and the following support may be put in place:

    -       Additional visits to the secondary school

    -       Close liaison between the SENCO at Orchard Junior School and the SENCOs at Noadswood and Applemore.

    -       Participation in the ‘On the Right Track’ programme delivered by Families Matter.

    -       If your child has complex needs the SENCO may establish an Inclusion Partnership Agreement which would involve all professionals supporting the pupil e.g. Class teacher, Health professionals, Educational Psychologist, meeting together with the child’s parents to ensure all relevant information is shared and recorded.

    -       For pupils supported by an Education, Health Care Plan an annual review meeting would include professionals from the receiving school.

    v  As a school we liaise closely with Staff when receiving and transferring pupils to different schools ensuring that all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood.