Castle Wood School

Transforming the lives of pupils through learning, innovation, inclusion and partnerships

Outstanding teaching is characterised by lively creative and imaginative learning (Ofsted 2015). Parents are well supported by the school and partnership working between home and school is very strong (Ofsted 2015). Pupils individual needs are met very effectively by diligent staff and exciting activities (Ofsted 2015). Senior leaders and governors have created a positive learning climate enabling pupils to thrive (Ofsted 2015). Pupils are enthusiastic learners (Ofsted 2015). Lessons are typified by a wide range of creative stimulating and interesting activities for pupils (Ofsted 2015). Parents are well supported by the school, and partnership working between home and school is very strong Parents hold the school in high regard (Ofsted 2015).

Transition

Background

In September 2014 changes were introduced to help support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). An Education, Health and Care plan will replace SEN statements. Eligibility for the EHC is similar to the SEN statement but with one significant difference.—there is an expansion in the age range (0-25 years).

The EHC planning pathway is different to the statement process as there is more emphasis on gathering information from across the services at the point of referral.

The family is more involved in the planning process and a plan is produced which is more outcome focused and family friendly. This family centered approach can produce better plans as they will enable professionals to gain a better understanding of the child. The EHC process is more holistic as it allows family life to be built into the plan. It also allows for more joined up thinking between different agencies.

By Spring 2018 all SEN statements should be replaced by EHC plans. Existing statements will remain in place until a "Transition Review" is held. This is usually done at the point of transfer, for example to secondary school. Education, Health and Care Plans.

EHCs focus on what the child or young person wants to achieve and the support needed to obtain this. The LA has the legal duty to secure the educational provision detailed in the plan. The local health care provider has the legal duty to "arrange" the health care provision detailed in the plan, All EHCs will be tailored to meet the child's needs and so each one will be different. All agencies who contribute to the plan will be able to see the information in the plan. There is a focus on outcomes and not outputs.

 

Castle Wood Process

 All children with statements will have annual reviews. In the Spring term of Year 5 a transition Coffee Morning is held where representatives of Secondary Schools share information about their school.

 The Year 5 Annual Review is held in the Summer Term. At this meeting, we go through the SEN statement, ensuring it is up to date. A Family Conversation is also held with our Learning Mentor, so that the views of the family are represented. Following this meeting a key member of staff will ascertain the views of the child.

 The Transition review will take place in the Autumn Term. Parents will have received a copy of the Family Conversation and the draft Transition Review paperwork.

All agencies who are involved with the child are invited to the meeting and asked for their views. The focus of the meeting is on the needs of the child and the outcomes. Family, school and all agencies involved have input to the plan.

The draft plan will be sent to you within 14 weeks of completing the transitional review and then completed within 18 weeks. Once we know which school the child will attend we will arrange meetings with the new staff so that they can meet the child and vital information can be passed on. During the Summer term of Year 6 the child has opportunities to visit the secondary schools.

 

Transition Reviews

 The Transition Review is a meeting where we will go through the Statement, Family Conversation and My Views with particular reference to the secondary school transition. This meeting is where we will look at what the Education, Health and care Plan transfer process will mean for you and it is where you can state your preferences for the secondary school you would like your child to attend. There will be discussions about how your child is doing at school and different aspects of the EHC and what it will look like. You are welcome to have independent support attend this meeting. 

 

Help and advice

You can call contact the family helpline for advice and support. 

Contact a Family helpline helpline@cafamily.org.uk Telephone: 0808 808 3555

Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm

Find out about call charges

 

You can also get help fromIndependentParental Special Education Advice (IPSEA).

IPSEA advice line

Telephone: 0800 018 4016

Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm

Friday, 1pm to 4pm

 

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