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Transitions

Change is both stressful and an opportunity for growth. School transitions should be viewed as a process of change which requires careful managing, rather than a one-off event. Transitions during primary school years can cover a range of experiences, all of which involve some degree of challenge and readjustment.

Poor transitions, particularly to secondary school, are a significant risk factor affecting children’s mental health.

Children at risk

Overall, children at greater risk of struggling with transitions include pupils who:

  • Are less ready than their peers for starting school.
  • Struggle to develop good relationships with school staff.
  • Don’t feel a sense of belonging to their school.
  • Have multiple experiences of loss and transient living (e.g. children in care).
  • Have been bullied.
  • Have mental health difficulties.
  • Particularly struggle with changes to routine or with noise such as those on the autistic spectrum.
  • Describe severe and overwhelming stress at the point of transition (particularly to secondary school).

Types of transitions

School transitions include:

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Transitioning to secondary tips

Tips sheet for pupils transitioning to secondary school.

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  • Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

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GRT provision guidance

Good practice guide for provision for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families in schools which has some...

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  • The Estyn (Inspectorate) in Wales

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In-year admissions (2013)

Report (2013) on in-year admissions.

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Transition to secondary school

Parent/carer guidance on supporting children with transition to secondary school.

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  • Oxfordshire County Council

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Transition to secondary poster

A poster tool to support children’s transition to secondary school.

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  • Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

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Transition to reception class

Video (2½ mins) to help children and parents transition to reception classes.

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  • Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years

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Tips for school readiness

Tips for parents to help their child start school.

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  • Childcare.co.uk

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The meaning of school readiness

Report exploring the meaning of school readiness; plus a factsheet on supporting children’s...

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  • Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years

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