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Transition to Secondary School

Transition to secondary school

Help students consider the transition to secondary school and identify some of the challenges that can arise.


Embracing Change and New Challenges

Available exclusively to members and designed to be delivered in the final summer half term of the academic year, these lessons focus on identifying feelings, opportunities and challenges related to this transition, and supporting pupils with positive strategies for managing changes from one key stage to another.



Y6 - Y7 Transition Lesson

This lesson is designed for the final year of primary school. It explores the conflicting feelings that young people may have about starting secondary school and teaches them ways to express these feelings and manage this transition positively. 


Y6 - Y7 Transition Ideas for Schools

The summer term is traditionally the time of year when schools plan a raft of activities and events to support pupils moving from one phase of their education to the next. The Transition ideas for schools document gives specific ideas and tips to help support pupils, which can be easily incorporated into a ‘Transition booklet’ that pupils can keep as a record and take with them into Year 7.



Year 6 Transition Sessions

Use this transition plan to help build sessions to help guide children through to Y7. These documents link to the transition plan:



Be Awesome, Go Big



Public Health England Resource 

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the transition to secondary school.

Transition to secondary school

The lesson plan includes:

  • A PowerPoint for use in class

  • Starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas

  • A film to support the activities

Download it here



Transition: Resilience Framework

A resilience and coping framework for supporting transitions back to school from the British Psychological Society.



Building Confidence

There are three stages to help children thrive during transition. But these stages can also be applied to adults as well. The resource 'Building Children's Confidence to Thrive in Secondary School' discusses these three stages, and then looks at five steps to help get children ready for Secondary school.



Managing Transitions Toolkit

Transitioning to a new phase of school can be a difficult time under normal circumstances, but in this pandemic, the change may bring up more complex emotions than usual.

Download the toolkit here


SEND Matters UK

SEN support should include planning and preparation for the transitions between phases of education and preparation for adult life. To support transition, the school should share information with the school, college or other setting the child or young person is moving to. Schools should agree with parents and pupils the information to be shared as part of this planning process.

SENDCO Guides - Primary to Secondary transition

SENDCO - working with parents and carers 


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