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Top 10 tips for... Year 6 to 7 transition

It can be a tense time for parents and pupils as the end of year 6 approaches. What should your transition planning look like and how can you ensure pupils have the best start possible in year 7? Suzanne O’Connell offers 10 ideas to ensure a smooth transition – both this year and next

1, Start early

The best time to be preparing your transition plan is at the end of the summer term prior to the new school year. This is the time when the mistakes and successes of the year are still fresh in your mind.

Try and plan in shared activities and events throughout the year and gently lead into the handover build up rather than having a sudden focus once SATs are over.

Plan in opportunities for your year 6 to chat and share their concerns, collate any frequently asked questions, and let secondary colleagues know what the emerging issues seem to be.


2, Part of your timetable

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