How we support children/young people with SEN starting at our school
Before children begin our nursery, the Early Years lead holds meetings with all parents to discuss individual needs. She also works closely with the staff of the onsite Day-care and any pre-school providers to ensure early identification and support is put in place when required.
We encourage all new children to visit the school prior to starting and this is done through a series of after school meetings in the Nursery Environment. For children with SEND, we would encourage further visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings. We would also do more visits at current nurseries.
The majority of our pupils in Reception come to our school Nursery. Hen this is not the case, the Early Years lead visits the child’s current nursery setting or the home to discuss provision and support. Additional transition days are planned so all pupils can begin Reception confident with the right support in place to ensure needs are met.
How we support children/young people with SEN moving between classes in our school
Children at Chilton Academy take part in a transition week prior to moving classes. This enables them to build strong relationships with their new adults before the summer holidays. Children with an identified Special Educational Need are given the opportunity to have a one to one visit to their new classroom and meet their new teachers and classroom support. Parents are also invited in to meet the new teacher during the final Support Plan review of each Academic Year. This means all staff are aware of key targets on Support Plans.
Our staff take part in several Learning Enquires each term. This emans the ae regularly visiting the classes in the year groups above and below their own to monitor learning and progress. This also enables them to build strong relationships with all children, especially those in their phases.
Can my child attend Chilton Academy and then move to Special School Provision?
Children with SEND that have been issued with an Education, Health and Care plan can attend Chilton Academy for their Primary education or consider applying to a Special School if that meets their individual, specific needs. When considering transition to Secondary education, your child can then be assessed for Special School if a parent wished them to attend this type of setting.
How will the school prepare my child for the transition to Secondary school?
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for their new school. We work closely with parents to help this be as smooth a transition as possible. When children are preparing to leave us for a new school, typically to go to Secondary education, we arrange additional visits. At our ‘feeder’ secondary schools run programmes specifically tailored to aid transition for the more vulnerable pupils. We liaise closely with Staff when receiving and transferring children to different schools ensuring all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood. If your child has complex needs and has an Education Health and Care Plan, then a review will be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite staff from both schools to attend and any other relevant professionals. Their teacher and SENCO will discuss with secondary colleagues how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits to the new school will be carried out with the child and Secondary School Staff in the summer term.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.