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Supported transitions from reception class to year 1

In addition to the school’s usual internal transition processes:

  • Meet with parent/carers during Year R to plan transition and then afterwards to review how their child is settling in.
  • School to provide ‘All about my new classroom’ information with lots of pictures and/or videos and discuss this regularly with the child.
  • Arrange for frequent visits to the new classroom and opportunities to meet with Year 1 staff.
  • Arrange for all relevant information to be transferred between teachers. Check that this has been shared and disseminated with key staff.
  • Evaluate provision provided in Reception class and start planning how successful strategies of support can be translated into the Year 1 classroom.
  • Ensure that staff understand the needs of their pupils. For example, through one- page profiles.
  • Identify any further staff training needs prior to the child entering Year 1.

Utilise the ASCT and LBAT guidance ‘Planning for Positive Transitions – A Best Practice Guide for Schools and Parents’ to provide need specific strategies .

Last updated 26 April 2022

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