Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com March 1st, the day that every year 6 family up and down the country is waiting for. The day they find out what secondary school their child/children have been offered. For many of us in education this is not the most significant day of an academic year, but for … Continue reading The ‘big day’ is looming, time to upskill the children.
Photo by Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.com We have all seen the chart that tells us when each year group had their last full year in school, and of course by school I mean full time face to face teaching in the same room as one another. What a wonderful time that was! It is worth … Continue reading What the pandemic has taught us about transition (and have we actually learned the lessons)?
Of course it's not, and I am here to give schools parents and children some top tips to help prepare for the big move. Unfortunately it is true that there will be very few schools offering Induction Days in the way they have always tried to in the past. It may be that small scale … Continue reading Surely Transition is ruined again this year?
Photo by Skylar Kang on Pexels.com Obviously my main focus here is for year 6 children but I am very concerned, as is everyone in education, about the phrase 'catch-up curriculum'. If we spend too long looking back we will run out of time to look forward! For year 6 children, now is the time … Continue reading Do children need to catch up or to prepare?
Photo by Isandru00e9a Carla on Pexels.com On the contrary, Transition has never been more exciting. Of course some form of standardised data will be helpful for target setting and the future of Progress 8 but who is that all for? Is it the children? I don't think it is! I may be a little controversial … Continue reading No Sat’s or KS2 Teacher assessment. Surely Transition will fall apart.
A case study! Meet Anne, Anne is a year 9 girl, about to take her options ready for GCSE’s next year. Anne has been in school since the start of year 7 along with the rest of her year group, she was the only child from her primary school, she came with Sat's results of … Continue reading Where do Transition issues hide?
Photo by Olenka Sergienko on Pexels.com Am I the only one who is finding it difficult to believe that all children will be back in school by the end of next week? Of course I know that schools never closed but to have so many staff and pupils in one place at one time feels … Continue reading Transition Top Tips and Quick Wins
As we approach the midway point of a summer holiday filled with uncertainty about September what can teachers possibly do to help prepare future pupils before the term starts? The answer is, loads and this is not simply the job of the Transition Lead or Head of Year. At the end of the day if … Continue reading You are all teachers in control of transition!
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com With the news that September will see the full time return to school for all pupils there is a lot of work to be done to prepare the curriculum for year 7 students. The offer currently in place assumes that the children have completed the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. … Continue reading Now is the time to devour the National Curriculum and work cross-phase!
I have been seeing some amazing transition plans and ideas on various social networking platforms. I am really excited to see some of the fantastic activities that are happening and being created. They have all started to make me think though, do we need to think about going back to basics a little more? Don't … Continue reading Finding the best way to lead by example.