Effective transition, at all stages is essential to ensure that children feel safe within the learning environment. At Annfield Plain, we have systems in place to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible for all of our pupils.
Transition into Year 3
Transition from Annfield Plain Infant School to Junior School is an exciting part of your child’s education. Although we are separate schools and aspects of both schools are different, there are many aspects which are the same, as we work very closely together.
We aim to support our families through this important stage in a number of ways. During the latter half of the summer term, a transition programme takes place. The transition programme starts with a parent and pupil visit, where both a tour of the school and the meeting of key staff takes place. Following this, a sequence of weekly visits take place during the school day to introduce the children to our school and their new teachers, so that they become familiar with and confident in their new school. In addition, teachers meet from both schools to share vital information to ensure a smooth transition into junior school. Extra transition sessions are held for some children who staff feel may need the extra support. Transition books are made to support each pupil and their individual needs. In addition, both schools’ staff and pupils visit each other and share projects during the school year, which helps increase the familiarity of our school and school staff.
Transition between classes
At Annfield Plain Junior School, we work closely within each milestone so children become familiar with the staff team in each class. Transition is treated the same for every class move and children are given the opportunity to take part in ‘Moving Up’ morning, where children spend time with their new class teacher in their new classroom. During the summer term staff meet to share information and for those children who require provision that is additional to or different from quality first teaching, we make additional arrangements to support these children through the transition. This can include spending additional time in their new classroom, visiting their new classroom with their current member of support staff, beginning transition arrangements earlier in the Summer Term or photographs of their new classroom to take home and talk about with Parents and Carers during the Summer holidays. The support provided is tailored to the needs of individual children and will be discussed with parents and carers and the child.
Transition into Key Stage Three
Once secondary school places have been allocated, schools work together to ensure relevant information is shared. All Durham Secondary schools have transition days where your child can meet their new class teacher and their classmates. They will also have opportunities to participate in sample lessons.
As part of our transition package, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have. The SENCO will work closely with families to ensure that the needs of the individual are met to the best of her ability. For example, extra transition visits for both parents and pupils, involvement of SENDIASS (formerly Durham Parent Partnerships) or support around the social or emotional well-being of the pupil. During summer term support plan review meetings, the Secondary School SENCOS are also invited to attend and meet the children and parents. If extra transition sessions are needed, the secondary schools will arrange them.
Joining our school at other times
If your child joins our school during a key stage or mid-way through the academic year, systems are in place to aid their transition from their previous school. When you visit our school, the Head Teacher, Mrs Burgess, will give you a tour and your child will have opportunities to see their new classroom and meet their teacher. If your child has SEND, our SENCO will liaise with the SENCO from your child’s previous school to ensure that we have the required information to enable us to support your child fully. It would be beneficial if you could discuss your child’s needs with us and share any information you have when you visit. We buddy new pupils with good role models to support them in their transition into our school.
Leaving our school
If your child leaves Annfield Plain, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment with the SENCO, Mrs Tracey Dorward.