About moving on from special schools
In Derby, most children and young people with special educational needs are able to have their needs successfully met in inclusive classes in their local mainstream school.
Depending on their individual learning needs, some children and young people benefit from a specialist education setting for a portion or all of their education. Every year students, who have accessed a period of time in a special school, are supported to successfully make the transition back from special to mainstream school. With the appropriate support, they go onto thrive academically, learn important life skills and develop their independence in preparation for adulthood.
As a parent or carer, you may decide your child is now ready to make the step to a mainstream school because of the progress they have made, and they are ready for a wider educational experience. The school or other professional may also suggest a move following regular review of your child’s needs and outcomes achieved.
In Derby, we are committed to making sure that when a step into mainstream school is planned, the experience is as positive as possible, without ever putting pressure on a family to make this move, as we recognise that you know your child best.
Derby's Enhanced transitions protocol for children with an EHC plan provides clear step by step support throughout the transition. From the initial planning stage to the successful inclusion at the mainstream school, the schools and SEND Officer oversee each step of the transition. They work in tandem with parents and carers and their child, liaising with all involved to ensure a smooth, well-planned transition.
For more information about moving on from special to mainstream school, please speak with your special school SENCo who will be able to talk with you about the options and how you and your child can access individualised tailored transition support.
The guide for parents and carers is called the Transition Process.