This episode considers the key elements of the transition from key stage 4 to 5. We offer practical tips for how we can prepare students, both academically and pastorally, for the big step-up to post-16 study.

During the discussion our expert panel asks why this transition point is so important and consider the key pastoral and academic challenges for students of moving into post-16.

Crucially, we ask how we can help students to handle the increased independence of post-16, including study and research skills, time-management, and self-organisation, as well as the increased level of challenge in the curriculum.

When should this preparatory work begin? Who is involved in delivering this support? What is role of further education and sixth form colleges in supporting schools, and vice-versa.

Also, what does good independent career advice and guidance look like, and how can we engage parents and support pupils to make good choices.

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