Primary to secondary transition: features of an effective programme

Get inspiration from primary and secondary schools that have embedded the key ingredients of successful transition into their programme to help pupils get ready for the jump to year 7.

Last reviewed on 3 March 2023
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School types: All · School phases: Primary, Secondary
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  1. Why you need an effective transition process
  2. Prepare year 6 pupils for the secondary curriculum
  3. Build familiarity and excitement
  4. Practise new routines ahead of the school year
  5. Help pupils get to know each other in year 7
  6. Support pupils' mental health
  7. Reassure anxious parents
  8. Share pastoral and academic information

Why you need an effective transition process

The transition from primary to secondary school can be daunting for many pupils, especially with the continuing effects of the pandemic on children and their mental health.

An effective transition process will help you:

  • Support pupils to maintain their attainment and engagement in lessons
  • Provide a supportive environment that encourages friendships and discourages bullying
  • Reduce poor behaviour

Below you'll find advice on curriculum continuity, providing familiarity with school systems and routines, and developing healthy peer networks – these are the areas that The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommends focusing on. 

Prepare year 6 pupils for the secondary curriculum

The following schools have created resources and learning