Getting transition right is crucial for secondary schools, but a range of issues can arise during the process. A primary specialist, Tiffnie Harris, considers 10 potential problems for secondary schools and how they might be solved


Problem 1: You have a lot of feeder primary schools and not enough time to visit them all

Be mindful of the impact this could have on staff workload. If you do not have the capacity for someone to pay a regular visit to each feeder primary, consider starting the process in year 5, or maybe even year 4. Subject leaders might visit too, not just the transition team.

Take time to look at the curriculum that is being taught in the primaries and build on the work already being done. This will support new pupils in terms of a level of familiarity and will go a long way to improving outcomes by ensuring you do not waste any time going over learning already covered. Talk to primary colleagues about what a joined-up curriculum could look like.

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