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Every parent wants to make sure that their child settles happily into a new school. The move from part-time to full time education is an important stage in your child’s life. If your child has SEN (Special Educational Needs) needs there may be other things you want to consider when you are choosing a new school.

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.

Read our full guide on choosing a primary school here

Read our 8 tips for transitioning to secondary school here

View our choosing a primary school infographic here