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Transition support

Transitions are typically hard times for children with an ASD and their families. Changing or starting school can be a tricky time but there are lots of resources available to help you prepare your child for this move. Please look below and see what you think might support your child….

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    Transition to Primary School

    Transtion to Primary School 

    Preparing your child for the move to a new school or new class can be helped a lot by using visual resources such as home-made books and stories to talk about the move ahead of time

     

    Home-made books

    There are templates which you can use to get your child familiarised with the changes of staff, children and the environment. It can be a really nice activity to take photos with your child when they visit their new school/ class and put them into the template story. 

    Here are some example templates 

    After the school holidays...Editable 'School Holidays'

    Hints and tips….

    • Take photos and stick on the pages -if some pages are irrelevant to your child leave them out, if you don’t have or know the names till the last minute write them on
    • Some schools have photos on the websites -use these
    • Countdown calendar week or so before – keep it simple 

    Books you can buy to talk about school changes

    • See You Later, Mum – Jennifer Northway
    • The First Day of School – Toby Forward
    • Going to School – Usborne First Experience
    • Maisy Goes to Nursery – Lucy Cousins
    • Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo! – Emma Chichester Chalk
    • Starting School – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
    • Lulu Loves Nursery – Camilla Reid
    • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School – Lauren Child
    • Billy and Lulu Loves Nursery – Camilla Reid
    • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School – Lauren Child
    • Billy and the Big New School – Catherine and Laurence Anholt
    • My First Day at Nursery School – Becky Edwards
    • Splat the cat-Rob Scotton

    Other resources that might be helpful

        Transition support helpline (autism.org.uk)

      Preparing for a trip on an airplane - social story.

    I'm Going To School - Transition Workbook: (available on Amazon.co.uk)

     

      National Literacy Trust - 'Words for Life' - Getting ready to start school 

    Royal borough of Greenwich guidance and support

    Information on primary schools in Greenwich and contact details.

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      Transfer process between or into specialist provisions/schools

      All schools have information in their Local Offer/SEND information report which outlines the specific processes for transition in and out of their schools, including at secondary transfer. Special schools and DSP’s have specific processes, typically including:

      • Supported transition visits
      • Exchange visits between schools
      • Transition books to support individual students as needed
      • Transition passports/profiles

      Early Years transitions

      ‚ÄčTransitions are the moves children make from home to an early learning and childcare setting and from there to primary school. Transitions and changes are part of everyone's life. The vast majority of children look forward to moving on.

      However, transitions can be challenging and support from parents and staff, particularly the sharing of information can help transitions go more smoothly. The following documents have been developed to support this.

      Useful questions for parents 

      Support for transition to Primary School

      Early Years Transition checklist

      Early Years Transfer Form Guidcance

      Transition to Secondary School

      Transition to Secondary School

      The Royal Borough of Greenwich provides information for parents applying for a secondary school place for their child. An interactive version of the ‘Secondary Schools in Royal Greenwich’ booklet is available on our website. Reference hard copies are available in Royal Greenwich primary schools and libraries. Our Families Information Service organises sessions to support parents in making informed and realistic preferences, and provide help in completing the relevant forms.

      There are TWO separate systems for applying to secondary school, dependent on whether your child has a statement of SEN/EHC Plan or if they are receiving interventions at the school based stage of SEND support.

      Applying for a school if your child has a statement of SEN/EHC Plan:

      • Parents will be supported to state their preference for a secondary school at   the Annual Review in Year 5 of their statement of SEN/EHC Plan
      • Between the review and September of year 6, if your child has a Statements of SEN it will be converted to an EHC Plan
      • You will be involved in this conversion and will receive a copy of the proposed EHC Plan
      • In October of year 6 the Local Authority will consult with the schools of your preference
      • In December the schools will respond to the consultation and you will be informed of the outcome, If necessary, further schools will be consulted
      • In January final decisions about school placement are made
      • In mid-February the final EHC Plan will be sent out
      • Induction days are typically organised by secondary schools at the beginning of July, prior to secondary transfer, to give students a “taster” day of being at secondary school. Some outreach services provide additional supported sessions to aid the transition process.

      Applying for a school if your child does NOT have a statement of SEN/EHC Plan:

      • You need to complete the Common Application Form, stating your preference schools, by 31st October in Year 6. Details on how to apply are available on our website.
      • It is important that you consider each school’s admission arrangements and previous years’ application rates before deciding on your preference schools.
      • You will receive the outcome of your application on National Offer Day in early March of Year 6.
      • Induction days are typically organised by secondary schools at the beginning of July, prior to secondary transfer, to give students a “taster” day of being at secondary school. Some outreach services provide additional supported sessions to aid the transition process.

      Transition support for students with ASD:

      Transition pack