Making the transition from one key stage to another is a major milestone in the educational journey.
Successful transitions are skilfully supported by thorough planning and careful preparation on the part of the leaders and specialists who support children, young people and their families at this significant time.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the adjustments that schools had to make to their transition arrangements were substantial. For examples, school tours and ‘meet the team’ experiences became virtual, and the way in which information about children and young people was shared between key stages needed to happen remotely.
SAfE worked with a range of schools from all phases to learn about the creative solutions that school leaders were using to plan the transition process. We heard about projects that schools had created themselves as well as externally produced resources.
The materials on our website are a collection of ideas that emerged from our collaboration with schools. In conversation with school leaders, the transition experience of 2020 has prompted reflection around which aspects of ‘remote transition’ leaders would like to keep (because they were efficient and effective) and which they would lose in favour of face to face activity.
The following reflective questions have supported school leaders in their thinking:
Colleagues from primary and secondary phases have been working together with SAfE, under the auspices of the Recovery Planning group, to develop a pack of information and guidance in support of Yr 6 to Yr 7 transition.
This is a collection of ideas, exemplars and resources for supporting the process of transition from KS2 to KS3 during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been generously shared by a range of primary, junior and secondary schools from across Surrey.
Please download this SAfE Transition Document by clicking the button below - Please note - the attachments referenced in the download may be found beneath:
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Please download these documents to support the SAfE Transition document above:
Young Minds have also created a short film resource that reassures children that they’re not alone when it comes to their worries about secondary school, that there are ways to cope with change and there are people to talk to when things get difficult.
The film is for schools to show their pupils as they’re transitioning from primary to secondary school. This could be played on ‘transition day’, or to Year 7s in the first week at their new school or to Year 6s who are just about to move up.
Find Your Feet: Transitioning to Secondary School
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