Free PSHE resources offered to help support transition

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Be prepared: Pupils at Excalibur Primary School in Cheshire have been using the Discovery Education Coping With Change resources to help get ready for their move to secondary school this September (image: supplied)
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A digital programme is helping primary school pupils to get ready for transition to secondary school while supporting their mental health and wellbeing.

Many year 6 pupils have not been able to have the traditional visits to their future secondary school this year.

However, primary schools are being offered free access to the Discovery Education Health and Relationships PSHE programme until October. The resources include a Coping With Change module, which schools are using to help prepare children for their transition.

The resource include videos, presented by young people, focused on secondary school transition, where real pupils offer advice on what to expect. From dealing with friendship worries to more practical concerns such as getting lost in a new school, the resources reassure children about the changes ahead.

Daniel Hancock, the assistant headteacher at Excalibur Primary School in Cheshire, said: “Due to the pandemic, things are a little bit different for our pupils this year. They will visit their secondary school but won’t have the chance to meet new classmates. Making friends is a worry for some year 6 pupils, so it’s great to be able to address this using the digital resources.

“The biggest concern kids have about transition is the uncertainty of moving to a bigger school and the issues that arise from that – practical worries such as getting lost, forgetting homework or remembering to pack the right books.”

The Discovery Education Health and Relationships resources provide a digital PSHE programme which helps primary school teachers to meet the new statutory relationships, sex and health education curriculum.

The programme is available to schools at no cost until October 2021.

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