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Bishop Ellis Catholic

Voluntary Academy

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Teaching Staff Training and Transition Support

What type of training has been provided for staff to support pupils with SEN?


  • Our SENco has completed the National SENco award.
  • All staff have completed attachment disorder training.
  • Speech and Language training, including Makaton.
  • Phonics, Reading and Writing training with the Specialist Teaching Service.
  • Visual impairment training.
  • Support staff are trained in carrying out the Draw and Talk intervention which enables children to talk about their feelings and things that may be bothering them.


How do we support children in times of transition?


Children with SEND joining us at Bishop Ellis will;


  • Be invited for pre-visits to our 4+ Unit;
  • Our 4+  staff will often go and visit SEND pupils in their pre-school and meet with staff, parents and the child.
  • Our 4+ staff make a book with photographs for the parents to read to their child regularly before they start.
  • Regular communication between pre-school, parents and our staff.


Children with SEN leaving us at Bishop Ellis will;


  • Be invited for pre-visits at their secondary school to have a look around before the other children.
  • The SENco from the secondary school will meet with our SENco and our Year 6 staff to discuss any needs the child may have.
  • All records and IEPs will be shared with the new secondary school.
  • The pupil is often asked to make a book or use ICT to tell their new teacher all about themselves.
  • Some secondary schools run Summer classes for children to attend over the holiday.


Every year, our children with SEND are supported with their transition into the next class.


  • Some children are encouraged to visit their new classroom and meet their new teacher in different circumstances and for different reasons.
  • Teachers have lots of discussions about the pupil.
  • The SENco makes sure that every teacher knows who the children with SEND are and what their needs are.