Sadly, much of year 6 can be focused on leaving it. The year begins with visits to and applications for secondary schools meaning that for some children and parents it becomes an underlying anxiety throughout the year.
This concern increases once SATs are over and children begin the rituals of leaving primary school.
We need to recognise and balance the value of the year 6 experience and learning in itself and its role as preparation for secondary education.
This includes recognising that a successful transition requires preparation for all and additional support for some children.
In this article I set out some basic principles for supporting this important transition to help inform your transition planning for this year’s year 6 cohort when they make the move up to secondary next year.
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