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  • Primary to secondary transition: strategies Is there guidance on supporting pupils to make the transition between primary and secondary school? We look at research on successful transition between primary and secondary schools. You will also find examples of transition strategies from primary and secondary schools.
  • Transition: reception to year 1 How can we ease transition from reception to year 1? We relay DfE guidance on how to ensure transition from the early years to year 1 is successful, and outline key points from research on this topic. You will also find ideas on strategies and techniques to use to smooth transition for pupils.
  • Transition to secondary school: pupils with SEN Read about the requirement to plan for pupils with SEN who are moving from primary to secondary school, and tips for each phase to help the transition go smoothly.
  • Transition visits for special schools: questions What questions should we ask on transition visits for pupils starting at a special school? One of The Key's associate education experts and a representative from nasen suggest questions for staff to ask during transition visits to current schools.
  • Welcome packs for pupils and parents Are there examples of welcome packs for new parents and pupils? In this article, we link to examples of welcome and induction packs for parents from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find examples of welcome packs for new pupils.
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  • Pupil wellbeing
    • Boosting pupils' self-esteem How can we boost pupils' self-esteem? This article looks at guidance on promoting pupils' mental health and wellbeing, and ideas and resources you can use in school. We also link to advice on helping parents boost their child's confidence and supporting pupils to improve their own self-esteem.
    • Developing academic resilience in school How can we develop academic resilience among pupils? We explain what academic resilience is and schools’ role in promoting it. This article also looks at how to identify and support pupils at risk of low wellbeing and strategies schools can use to promote resilience among individuals and all pupils.
    • Fasting during Ramadan: supporting pupils Ramadan runs from 15 May to 14 June 2018. We cover what you need to know and do to support pupils fasting during Ramadan, including during exams.
    • Monitoring pupils' mental health and wellbeing: tools Get an overview of the tools you can use to monitor pupils' mental health and wellbeing, both at an individual and whole-school level.
    • Personal education plans (PEPs) for looked after children Which pupils need a personal education plan? All looked after children (LAC) should have a personal education plan (PEP). You will find information on who is responsible for initiating PEPs, the role of the virtual school head (VSH), what PEPs should contain and arrangements for reviewing them.
    • Providing free period products in school: guidance and tools Know the ins and outs of the DfE's free period product scheme, like how it's funded and how to order tampons and pads. Download our consultation pack to help you gather views from parents and pupils, and use our poster to alert pupils to the signs of toxic shock syndrome.
    • Pupils with SEN: supporting mental health Support the mental health of pupils with SEN using strategies such as enabling pupil voice and developing emotional self-management. We also link to special school wellbeing policies.
    • Solve car chaos at the school gates Schools in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and York now close their road at peak times to make drop-off and pick-up safer and calmer. Here's how you, too, could lose the traffic to protect your pupils, even in the most congested town or city.
    • Supporting a pupil with more complex mental health needs How can we support a pupil with complex mental health problems? We relay advice from a charity on understanding a pupil's mental health needs, and helping parents to access support. We also refer to a case study from the DfE and link to mental health charities offering services in schools.
    • Supporting pupils who are trans This article will help you comply with your legal responsibility to support pupils who are trans or gender questioning. It covers language and pronouns, recording name and gender, uniform, toilet arrangements, and combating bullying.
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    • Free school meals (FSM): who's eligible? Find out the eligibility criteria for free school meals (FSM), and learn about the transitional protections in place during the Universal Credit rollout period.
    • School food standards Find out what the standards are, and when your school has to follow them. Also, see what you're expected to do to make sure you're meeting the requirements.
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