Transition between Year Groups






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.


School leaders asked themselves some reflective questions in 2020 to support transition. A similar set of questions could be employed again this year to help refine your transition support offer:


  • Which aspects of the transition process did you have to change in Summer 2020?

  • Which aspects of the remote transition process were high impact and worth keeping (e.g. access to a virtual tour on the school website that can be accessed on numerous occasions for parents and children who like more reassurance than one visit)?

  • Which elements of the remote transition process provided efficiency savings that you are going to keep?

  • Which transition activities are best conducted ‘face to face’ and where possible will be done in this way in the future?

  • What do parents and children tell you about the remote transition experience?

  • Did you evaluate the impact of ‘remote transition’ on children and young people last year? Does your data show that it would be beneficial to make any changes to your transition support?

  • What transition learning for current YR, Y3, Y7 & Y12 was interrupted due to COVID-19?  How might you mitigate for this interruption in the short, mid and longer term?

Returning to School


Supporting Transition from Year 6 to Year 7 during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Colleagues from primary and secondary phases worked together with SAfE in 2020, 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:




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.



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