Supporting Students Beyond WMS
We recognise that moving on can be difficult for a child with SEN and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
How will information about my child's needs be passed on from the first school?
- The SENDCo at Whitcliffe Mount will attend annual reviews for children with statements or EHCPs in year 6, at their primary schools when invited;
- The SENDCo at Whitcliffe Mount will liaise regularly with the primary school or other educational establishment SENDCo about the needs of the students who will be joining us;
- The SENDCo is available for you to speak to about your child's needs at the Open Evening and New Parents' Information Evening; your child's form tutor will also be available to speak to at the New Parents' Information Evening;
- Where appropriate, an Educational Teaching Assistant will visit the primary school to get to know your child in year 6;
- Extra visits to Whitcliffe Mount for students in year 6 will be planned for those who will need additional support with transition;
- Parents and Carers are welcome to ring the SENDCo to arrange to come into school before their child starts, in order to discuss their needs.
Moving to another school
- We will contact the school SENDCo and Year Leader to ensure that they are fully aware of your child's needs and any arrangements for meeting those needs;
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on to their new school as soon as possible.
Moving on at the end of year 11
- All students in year 11 will have a Career's Adviser to discuss their options with them and help them decide what to do and where to go next. For students with statements or EHCPs, a Career's Officer will attend the annual review in year 11, so they can liaise with you and your child together about next steps. The Career's Adviser will also help your child fill in application forms etc;
- Information about your child's needs and any arrangements to meet those needs will be sent to the further education provider of their choice;
- Many of the colleges will send a member of their Learning Support Team into school during year 11, to meet with students with SEND and answer any questions they have;
- If necessary, we will arrange an extra visit to college for your child, so they can find out more about what it will be like.
Moving from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4
- During year 9, your child will make their option choices for years 10 and 11. If your child has a statement or EHCP, a Career's Adviser will attend their annual review in year 9, to help in planning for their future: a Transition Plan will be produced;
- The SENDCo and Career's Advisers will be available at the Option's Evening in year 9, to help you understand the options available for your child.