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Preparing your child for secondary school

Do you have any concerns about your child transitioning from primary to secondary school? If you do, you won’t be alone!

To help with this transition, Action-attainment – an organisation which helps children with speech, language and sensory needs – is running several workshops for parents and teachers to help plan and prepare for the move from primary to secondary education.

Secondary School is all about becoming an independent learner. Pupils need to develop organisation and social skills in order to thrive in their new environment. Unfortunately, if difficulties with communication or sensory processing are missed or misinterpreted this can lead to poor educational, social and emotional outcomes.

Professional analysis of a child’s learning profile can help the pupil, parents and teachers implement strategies for learning. These workshops identify what testing is available, the type of evidence provided, and to use this data, alongside expert advice, to support secondary school choice and transition.

The first will be held on November 13 and will focus on how hidden sensory and communication needs affect learning and behaviour and how primary school experience leads into planning for secondary school transition.

November 20 – A parent panel will explain how they planned for and supported their children into different secondary placements; mainstream, private and specialist.

December 11 – This workshop will examine how communication skills, from hand-writing, reading speeds or concentration can be analysed to support learning and how strategies can be put in place for secondary school.

January 15 – How education health and care plans support delivery of education to pupils in secondary school and beyond to college and university.

All events will run from 7pm-9.30pm, at Roehampton University (address: Room DU210, Duchesne Building, Digby Stuart College, Roehampton University, SW15 5ZH).

The workshops are subsidised by Richmond Parish Lands, Heathrow Communities and Community Learning funding. A contribution of £15 is suggested, free places available on request.

Please contact or telephone 0208 392 9946.