The transition from primary to secondary school can be a daunting time for many pupils, especially with the effects of the pandemic on children and their mental health.
A number of studies show that 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, and 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).
Many children will have had less exposure to new environments and people during the pandemic, so may feel a little more anxious about starting secondary school. Provide opportunities for pupils to develop relationships and build familiarity with the secondary school environment. Here are some ideas