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Choosing a primary school

The move from part-time to full time education is an important stage in your child’s life. If your child has Special Educational Needs needs there may be specific things you want to consider when you are choosing a new school. Our top tips can help to guide you through your options.

Top tips for choosing a primary school

Every parent wants to make sure that their child settles happily into a new school. But finding the right school and getting the right support for your child can take time. Here are our top things to think about:

  • Tip 1: Make a checklist of all the things that are important to you and your child. This will help you to ask the right questions.
  • Tip 2: Look at the school’s website for the school SEN policy, governors’ annual report on SEN, school prospectus, anti-bullying policy and behaviour policy.
  • Tip 3: Gather up to date copies of relevant information about your child, such as their Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan, any educational psychology advice and copies of individual education plans.
  • Tip 4: Try to look around the schools you have chosen, talk to member of staff and meet with the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).
  • Tip 5: Visit at least two schools so that you have something to compare.
  • Tip 6: Ask questions when visiting the school.
  • Tip 7: Compare each school you have chosen.

Our guide on choosing a school has more information to help you find the right school for your child. Download it and our infographic below.

Top tips from parents

Click the play button to hear the views of some of the parents we work with.

In-depth guide

Our in-depth guide on choosing the right primary school for your child has lots of guidance on things to consider.

Primary school infographic

A handy infographic summarising some key points choosing a primary school that you can download and print.