Best Practice

Supporting transitions into primary school

When we talk transition, we think of year 6 to 7 – but how does your primary school support our youngest pupils and their transition into our schools? Sara Alston looks at some principles of good practice
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Starting school for the first time is a rite of passage and can feel quite overwhelming – both for our children and their parents.

In fact, for our youngest children, the support we give to parents and carers is as important as the support we give to them. Many of our pupils’ views and anxieties about the transition into primary school will be supported or exaggerated by the responses of their parents. Indeed, many parents’ worries may well be based on memories of their own school days.

In this article I set out some basic principles for supporting this important transition to help inform your planning for next year’s in-take.

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