Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Sat's are over, it's now a matter of weeks before your beautiful 10 and 11 year olds make the huge move from the 'safety' of the primary school you have all probably known for the last 6 years to the 'jungle' that is a secondary school system! Putting it in … Continue reading SATs are over, so now what? A Q&A post for parents.
Induction V’s Transition
There is a difference and it is huge. Photo by Burak The Weekender on Pexels.com I have often tried to differentiate between Induction and Transition. In one of those lightbulb moments recently I thought of the simplest way to explain this differentiation, so here it is: Induction is place. Transition is person. Both have a … Continue reading Induction V’s Transition
Failing to prepare…
Photo by Rachel Claire on Pexels.com As our year 6 children find themselves in the last half term holiday as a primary school child, do we think that they are ready for the change? Every year we ask ourselves this question and of course the answer will differ from child to child. I do wonder … Continue reading Failing to prepare…
The ‘big day’ is looming, time to upskill the children.
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.
What the pandemic has taught us about transition (and have we actually learned the lessons)?
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)?
Surely Transition is ruined again this year?
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?
Do children need to catch up or to prepare?
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?
No Sat’s or KS2 Teacher assessment. Surely Transition will fall apart.
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.
Where do Transition issues hide?
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?
Transition Top Tips and Quick Wins
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
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