How to help students with the transition from primary to secondary school
The transition from primary to secondary school can be particularly stressful for a student with medical or mental health needs. To minimise potential difficulties transition planning should begin in year 5.
How schools can help
- Advise parents to visit potential secondary schools early in year 5 so they can look at facilities and speak to the SENCO/ Medical Needs Lead.
Encourage parents to ask the secondary school what support would be available for their child’s medical / mental health needs
Respond promptly and fully to secondary schools that make enquiries once the student has enrolled.
Ensure clear home-school communication systems are in place.
Liaise with feeder primary schools and gather relevant, up-to-date information to facilitate planning for individual students.
Provide information packs which give details on subject curricula, extra-curricular activities, resources, school procedures.
Provide mentors to support vunerable Year 7 students.
- Provide opportunities for subject teachers to learn about specific medical needs and establish a formalised system for the dissemination of appropriate information to teachers.
When a student is newly diagnosed disseminate information quickly to staff that need to know.
Ensure there is a clear and effective anti-bullying policy in place and that students understand the process.