14. How do you help when my child moves on?
We make provision for all children to visit us prior to starting with us; they usually spend time in class with their new teacher. When a child is ready to move schools (usually Y6/7) the SENCos from both schools have a conversation to plan the transition, sometimes a social story is written for children for whom this change may potentially be difficult. Secondary schools differ in their styles of transition, but may include a series of ‘taster sessions’ during the school day or special days to help familiarise pupils with the many new aspects of school they are likely to experience. All school records are sent to the Secondary School ahead of the new term so that support can be in place from the very first day. If a child transfers to St Alban’s or moves away, liaison between the two schools is a necessary part of a smooth transition. Parents are asked to be as informative as possible in helping this to take place in order that any necessary preparations are made.