School Transition Days
There are a number of things you’ll want to think about and ask at a transition day:
Support for your child
- What will the support that has been agreed for my child look like? Your child may require support for some practical things and reminders, for example, to wear their tinted glasses, or it may be that they need one-to-one classroom assistance - for example they may need their resources provided in Braille or large print.
- What is the staff/child ratio and will my child receive one-to-one support?
- What is the best way to communicate with the school if I have any concerns and worries, especially during my child’s settling in time?
- If your child has already been receiving support from a QTVI you will want to ask how this support will continue and how it will work in school.
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- It’s often a good idea to speak to your Local Authority about a statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for your child, so the right support is in place before they start school. Your Local Authority will have information on this, which you can find by searching for their 'Local Offer’ on their website.
- The school may ask you if your child already has an EHCP in place, identifying their special educational needs and how these will be met. If this is not in place, the school may recommend that the process is started before your child begins school.
- Unlike open days, where you will usually be looking around the school with other parents, a transition day gives you the chance to ask questions about your child’s specific needs.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions at a school transition day. School transition days are your opportunity to find out more about the school you have chosen for your vision impaired child and how it will meet their needs.
Published: June 2018