October doesn’t just mean Halloween and darker mornings. For many of you, school selections are a big deal at the moment.
Determining the right school place for your child is so important and so challenging.
If your child has a diagnosed or suspected neurodevelopmental condition such as ASD or ADHD or if they need extra emotional support it can be a minefield.
Points to consider whilst making your school selection decisions
If you are still unsure then please consider these areas when making your choices
- Consider what support your child need currently and if that will be needed / available?
- What will the transition look like for the child in terms of relationships between school, peer group moving, familiarisation opportunities etc?
- Will their specific learning needs be met in the new learning environment?
- Can the child work independently?
- What are the practical logistics that the child will need to manage daily?
- Is the child capable of learning in a classroom of 30?
- Is the teacher able to adapting and accommodating learning to the individual’s need?
- What pastoral support is available ?
- What is the school’s philosophy?
- What does the school see as ‘success’ for the student?
- What is the SEN approach and how does it integration in the classroom?
- What is the curriculum?
- What resources are available in school?
- Talk to child – what do they think, what have they heard, where are their friends going, what concerns do they have?
- Research local schools via their website and local social media forums on Facebook
- Visit schools / virtual open days
- Talk to the current educational team at primary school
- Talk to other primary and secondary parents
- Read OFSTED reports
- Speak to the SEN team
- Visit resources such as SENDIAS http://sendiassnorthyorkshire.co.uk/