Last reviewed on 17 June 2021
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Get inspiration from examples of 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.

The transition from primary to secondary school can be a daunting time for many pupils, with a number of studies showing a poor transition process can lead to a dip in attainment, particularly in literacy and maths. Other key risk factors include:

  • Pupil disengagement
  • Behavioural problems
  • Issues around peer groups and bullying

In this article, you'll find examples from schools of how you can provide the core components of an effective transition programme, that are recommended by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), so you can help prepare and support pupil transition to year 7.

Build familiarity and excitement 

Despite the continuation of social distancing restrictions, there's still lots you can do to support year 6 pupils. Below are ideas for how you can continue to provide opportunities for developing relationships and building familiarity with the new secondary school environment, despite coronavirus restrictions.

The Academy Selsey in West Sussex,