Every year the transition from primary to secondary school is an important stepping stone for all year 6 pupils. Although many may be initially excited about starting secondary school, research provides evidence of numerous negative effects of this transition, such as lower self-esteem, lower academic achievement and higher levels of anxiety and depression (Bailey & Baines, 2012). West et al (2008) found that such negative effects can persist throughout secondary school and even beyond.
While transition programmes are commonplace nowadays, many professionals also understand that more tailored transition programmes need to be put in place for certain pupils to prevent negative outcomes.
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