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Help your year 7 pupils to hit the ground running

Starting at secondary school can be a stressful time for our youngest pupils. Tiffnie Harris looks at simple processes and ideas to help smooth the transition from year 6 to year 7
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It is that time of year when secondary schools welcome the latest wave of anxious year 7 pupils. Schools will already have in place tried and tested systems to make sure the transition is as comfortable and reassuring as possible. However, this article provides a few tips you may find helpful.

A stress-free start is usually rooted in good organisation and early preparation between the secondary school and feeder schools. Most new year 7 pupils will have met their form tutors towards the end of year 6, and many may have attended taster lessons. Despite this, the start of term will still be a worrying and stressful time for your new intake.

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