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Changing SEN schools and moving up - for pupils who have EHC plans

Pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan, will have an Annual Review meeting which the school will organise.  Schools will invite parents and professionals to the Annual Review meeting.

For children moving to secondary school, the annual review meeting is usually held in the summer term of Year 5.  Some parents already have a preferred secondary school because of a family link, or perhaps a local church.

Do not worry if you haven’t decided before the annual review meeting, as the SEN team will write to you during the summer your child moves from Year 5 to Year 6.

We will aim to confirm your child's secondary school and give you a new proposed EHC Plan by 15 February when your child is in Year 6.

Phase Transfer Guidance Booklets

These booklets are for parents and carers of children with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) in Year 5.

Moving to a new school can be an anxious time for families, so these booklets aim to help guide you through the school admissions process for children with an EHCP as it is different to the usual admission process. All children with an EHCP have their phase transfer from primary school to secondary school dealt with by the special educational needs and disability (SEND) Team, who are here to help and support you through this important transition.

View the Phase Transfer Guidance Booklets (opens a new window)


For pupils who do not have an EHC Plan, the normal admissions process is followed.

Sharing information and supporting transition

AfC arrange an annual meeting for SENCOs of primary and secondary schools to meet to discuss the needs of pupils who will be vulnerable on transfer to another school.  Secondary schools will also offer additional transition arrangements to support pupils who may have trouble settling in after the move.