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Year 6 to 7: Answering the transition challenge

Primary to secondary transition is always challenging for students, who face the double whammy of anxiety and learning loss. The impact is felt particularly keenly in maths. Colin Hegarty offers his advice

More than 600,000 students will be moving on from primary to secondary school this September. While many students are excited by this transition, it is almost always accompanied by palpable anxiety – from children and parents alike.

For this year’s cohort, there are even greater challenges and increased anxiety thanks to Covid-19. Just as day-to-day teaching has been upended by the pandemic, so have the detailed transition plans and activities which take place in the spring and summer terms – visiting and speaking to year 6 students, meeting with primary teachers, planning and running school visits, and face-to-face support for children with additional needs.

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