Bournville Village

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Communication and Transition

We recognise that transition, whether that be to a new setting, class or key stage, can be a challenge for any child, especially so for some children with SEND. There are a number of strategies we use to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible for children and that all those who are working with a child, are aware of their needs and the best way in which to support them.  



Starting school is an exciting step.  We use a variety of strategies to ensure it is as smooth as possible for all pupils, such as:

  • Inviting parents to attend prospective parent information sessions.
  • Opportunities for parents/carers to meet with the SENDCo, to discuss the provision the school can offer.
  • A stay and play afternoon for pupils, in the Summer Term before they start school.
  • The opportunity for parents/carers to meet with their child's teacher, in the Summer Term before they start school.
  • Wherever possible, staff, including the SENDCo, will visit pupils' previous settings.
  • All pupils have a reduced timetable, which gradually increases, during their first week of school.


Reception— Year 6 Transition
When moving up to a new year group, there are strategies which are helpful to all pupils such as:

  • A designated swap over day in the summer term, when the class spend some time in their new classroom with their new teacher.
  • The current and new class teachers have a transition meeting, which gives class teachers an opportunity to pass on important information about each pupil.
  • Where transition requires moving to a new building (e.g. Reception - Year 1 or Year 2 - 3), opportunities throughout the year are provided for the class to visit and familiarise themselves with the building.


If your child finds transitions especially difficult and/or has additional needs which require additional transition planning, our SENDCo may speak to you about additional strategies such as:

  • Additional opportunities to visit their new classroom.
  • More opportunities to spend time with their new teacher, both in their new classroom and their current classroom.
  • Opportunities for their new teaching staff to observe and work with them, within their current year group.
  • A booklet of photographs of their new teaching staff and classroom to take home.
  • Opportunities for parents to meet with their child's new teacher.
  • The SENDCo is present during transition meetings, to support with passing on important information.
  • Opportunities, once they have 'moved up', to revisit their previous teacher.


Year 5

Many parents begin to think about options for secondary school whilst their child is in Year 5.

  • If you would like support in speaking to SEND departments or with visiting secondary schools, then please approach our SENDCo, Mrs Woodall, who will be happy to help.
  • In the Spring Term, children with an Education, Health and Care Plan will have a transition review of their progress, needs and provision, which will be an opportunity to discuss appropriate secondary school options.


Year 6—7

The transition to secondary school can present challenges for all pupils.

  • When possible, key staff from the secondary school will be invited to the final Education, Health and Care Plan review in Year 6.
  • Key staff from the secondary school will be invited to meet with our staff, including our SENDCo, for a transition meeting.
  • If appropriate, we will endeavour to arrange extra transition visits for your child to become familiar with their new school and some of the adults who may be working with them.


Moving Schools

If your child is moving to another school:

  • We will contact the SENDCo at your child's new school to pass on the details of any special arrangements or support your child requires.
  • We will ensure that all records about your child are passed on to the receiving school.
  • In some cases, we will invite the SENDCo to meet with our SENDCo.
  • If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, the SENDCo from your child’s new school will be invited to attend their final review at this school if possible. 


Staffing changes 

All classrooms have a class file, in which the children's pupil profiles and other such plans can be found.  Any staff working temporarily within a classroom, e.g. a supply teacher, are directed to read this information and are directed who to speak to should they need further information.  Where pupils have complex needs or difficulties, a member of staff familiar with the pupil will verbally pass on important information.


Children who find staffing changes difficult, are pre-tutored about the change in advance whenever this is possible and supported as per their personal plan.