The SecEd Podcast: Effective transition for year 7 pupils

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode considers how we can ensure a smooth start to secondary school for our year 7 pupils. Our expert panels discuss general best practice ideas and approaches as well as specific advice for this September and a Covid-affected transition...

In this episode, Matt Bromley interviews colleagues from four secondary schools to find out how we can ensure an effective transition of pupils from year 6 into year 7.

The panel shares perennial good practice advice for transition and ensuring a smooth start in September, but also touches on the particulars of transition in 2021 as pupils recover from the impact of Covid-19.

We discuss issues relating to teaching & learning, pedagogy, pastoral and wellbeing issues, administration & management, liaising with feeder primary schools and families, and more. The podcast offers lots of quick, practical and useful ideas.

Featuring Heidi Halliday, who leads on transition at Honley High School in Yorkshire, Jason Thurley, the headteacher of Beacon Academy in Cleethorpes, Julie Pankhurst, head of year 7 at Kesteven and Sleaford High School, and Paul Rhodes, assistant headteacher and DSL at Uppingham Community College in Rutland.

You can listen to this episode of the SecEd Podcast above. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit

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