19. Year 6 Student Transfer
Information & Policies
Published on - 01-12-2016
To ensure the smooth and effective transfer of Year 6 students into Year 7 at the School
This policy applies to all staff.
The lead manager for the application and monitoring of this policy is the Assistant Headteacher who oversees ‘Transition’ and ‘Inclusion’
The Transition Learning Manager will:
- Co-ordinate and oversee the induction programme of the incoming Year 7
- Review induction procedures in liaison with primary school Headteachers
- Attend the termly Primary/Secondary Liaison Group meetings to brief feeder school Headteachers about new intake transfer arrangements.
- Ensure that a visit is made to all contributory schools and all new intake students and staff to discuss transfer arrangements.
- Organise the “Taster Day” and New Intake Parents’ Evening programme.
Year 7 Tutors will:
- Attend the New Intake Parents’ Evening.
- Support the induction procedure for all new students by staying up to date with all new intake information obtained throughout the transition process
- Assist the Transition Learning Manager wherever and whenever appropriate with all matters relating to Year 6 new intake transfer.
The School SENCO will:
- Arrange specific visits, early into the Spring term, to discuss the specific transfer of Year 6 students with Specific Learning difficulties and vulnerable students.
- Liaise with TA’s and staff about the Year 6 students joining the School
- Liaise with the Transition Learning Manager ‘extra’ transition visits for vulnerable students.
The monitoring and review process for this policy is as follows
The Transition Learning Manager will:
- Obtain feedback on the transfer procedures via the Autumn Term Primary/Secondary Liaison meeting and make recommendation regarding modification to the programme.
Year 6 Student Transfer – Common Transition Agreement
To outline a Common Agreement between BHCS and Feeder Primary schools to ensure all Year 6 students receive a smooth and effective transfer, with common elements to support their preparation and familiarisation ready for Transition.
Primary Schools agree to:
• Send ‘vulnerable’ students to BHCS for additional Transition visits.
• Discuss vulnerable/SEN students with SENCO during specifically arranged meetings.
• Conduct meetings with Transition Learning Manager/HoY 7 during Primary visits.
• Support Secondary colleagues during visits to observe Yr6 lessons and discuss with Yr6 staff learning and teaching strategies that can be shared in the Secondary environment.
• Communicate with Transition Learning Manager (HoY 7) / SENCO additional information about vulnerable students and their families to support BHCS in managing their Transition. What strategies have Primary Schools used to support the families/parents of vulnerable students? Do the families/parents have any particular needs themselves?
• Discuss with parents of vulnerable/SEN Yr6 students the support they can expect once at BHCS.
• Have a targeted focus on homework with Yr6 classes – How they get it, Why, Importance of deadlines and How best to record it.
• Have a targeted focus on student organisation ready for Secondary School – packing a bag the night before, routines and expectations.
• Facilitate before September Parent Sessions, in Primary Schools, for BHCS staff to attend and allow parents to discuss concerns/anxieties about their child attending Secondary School, whilst asking specific questions to support Transition.
BHCS agree to:
- Attend Primary Liaison meetings to discuss/review Common Transition Agreement.
- Arrange, deliver and review the annual Year 6 Taster Days.
- Send the Head of Year 7 to visit Primary Schools, with BHCS students, to introduce and provide familiarisation.
- Issue transition documents to all Primary Schools to support information sharing.
- Arrange specific SENCO visits to each Primary School as required.
- Arrange ‘extra’ visits for vulnerable students – SENCo coordinates, with other staff and students, at BHCS.
- Provide a Welcome Booklet to all students allowing them an opportunity to think about and share their thoughts on Transition to a Secondary School, BHCS.
- Organise a New Intake Parents Evening, to support parents/guardians in understanding what BHCS offers their child in terms of support, guidance and opportunities; also an opportunity to meet other students, and ‘key’ members of staff at BHCS.
- Organise a Tutor Evening in October – to allow parents/ discuss how their child has settled into BHCS with their Child’s Tutor.
- Wherever possible, send BHCS staff into Primary Schools, to observe Year 6 lessons; supporting the teaching and learning of those students in Year 7, including the need to develop a greater understanding of the need for the preparation of differentiated lessons and homework tasks.
- Offer before September, in collaboration with the Feeder Schools, an additional session for parents/guardians of Year 6 children, targeting vulnerable/SEN students; allowing opportunity for anxieties to be reduced.
Last Ratified: January 2015
Ratified: October 2016
Next Review: October 2017