Date
19 January 2020

Set up communication channels and build a collaborative team

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Planning for successful transitions to school ’

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Use e-portfolios to collaborate

Use e-portfolios to collaborate

John Robinson HoD Learning Support, Onslow College, reflects on the impact of using e-portfolios to share learning beyond the classroom.

Ideas for sharing information

Ideas for sharing information

Use these ideas for connecting, sharing information, and reaching a shared understanding.

  • Discuss options for staying in touch that work for everyone. If parents are unable meet face-to-face make time to share stories from visits or meetings in ways that work for the family. This can be as easy as a phone call, an email or a text message.
  • Ensure that team members know who to contact for specific needs.
  • Allocate one team member to document and communicate plans and decisions.
  • Identify and use digital technologies such as group texting, blogging, SKYPE or Google Hangouts, Facebook or NZ Relay, where appropriate, for meetings and sharing information.
  • Focus on the student’s goals and the steps to achieving these.
  • Value everyone’s insight and contribution.

Allocate respon­sibilities

Allocate respon­sibilities

  • Identify an advocate who can educate adults and peers in the new setting about the student’s strengths, needs, interests and ways of making sense of the world.

  • Identify a person in the new setting who will recognise and communicate any professional learning areas where support is needed.

  • Identify one person to oversee the transition process.

  • Allocate a person to manage all the funding-related paperwork for supports and resources.

Keep in touch with parents

Keep in touch with parents

For parents, receiving good news about their child’s day at school is important. It helps them to be proud of their child and enhances the working relationship between family and school.

  • Identify the best methods for regular, ongoing communication, and decide who will communicate about what.
  • Use both face-to-face meetings and online facilities to support planning and communication. These can include electronic notebooks (for example, blogs or Google Docs), email and phone calls to talk with parents and caregivers.
  • Ensure that responses are timely and responsive to parental queries.

Source: Including students with high needs: Primary schools (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Gifted and talented transitions

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

Collaboration – the heart of the matter

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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The transition planning process for individual students

The transition-planning process for individual students

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Publisher: Ontario Ministry of Education

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Plan for successful transitions to school”:

Return to the guide “Transitions – managing times of change”

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