Best Practice

Working in partnership with secondary schools

Last edition, Matt Bromley introduced the five 'bridges' of school life that are key to the year 6 to 7 transition process. He now focuses on how we can work effectively with secondary colleagues on issues such as pupil data and the curriculum

Making a pupil’s transition from key stage 2 to 3 smooth and effective takes more than just a little teamwork at the end of year 6. What is needed is long-term, genuine and sustainable collaboration between schools. We need early years, primary and secondary schools to work in close partnership on all aspects of a child’s education, sharing information and resources, in order to ensure that each child is well-protected and experiences a continuity of service and support.

Why do we need better collaboration? Because projects that link pupils, teachers and schools across early years, primary and secondary phases can have a positive impact on pupils and teachers by supporting pupils to experience a smoother transition and make continuous progress both academically and in terms of their soft skills and by enabling teachers and schools to learn from best practice across different stages of the system.

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