How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school
Close links with local Nurseries exist and Bloemfontein Primary is proactive in the transition process. Nursery aged children are invited into school on a regular basis during the Summer term in order for children to become familiar with both the setting and the staff. Parents are also invited to visit and meet with staff in order to alleviate any concerns and share relevant information. The Headteacher, SENCo and Reception staff, attend meetings prior to SEN pupils starting school in order to plan for a smooth transition. Part of this process also involves looking at staffing, resources and any adaptions we may need to make to the provision in order to effectively meet the needs of all pupils.
How we support children/young people with SEN moving between classes in our school
Our whole school ethos relates to developing the holistic child and preparing all pupils for their next steps to education and adulthood. We encourage all pupils to develop their resilience, confidence and independence, which are key skills to benefit through life. In addition to this, we also provide a wide range of both curricular and extra curricular activities to provide a rich experience for all. As a small school, pupils benefit from knowing all staff, which supports transition each year. Staff attend meetings in order to pass on significant information and strategies and also, where necessary, key members of staff move with specific children e.g. a child with an EHC plan. Pupils also attend a transition morning and where necessary additional visits to the new classroom. Specific pupils are also provided with a ‘passport’ to look at over the Summer break which includes photographs of key staff, the learning environment and any changes they may experience.
Strong links also exist with the Secondary school and pupils are supported through visits from key members of staff, a transition period and visits to the school.
How we support children/young people with SEN leaving our school
Pupils are supported with transition into Secondary and any children requiring additional support may access relax kids, listening matters or other relevant programmes to ease anxiety relating to change. Staff will attend additional transition visits with the child if this is deemed necessary.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.