Primary Secondary Transfer Programme 2005

blen is a non-profit educational forum which has a specialist interest in issues of transfer and transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 in the 7-14 age group. We have held four forums on primary-secondary transfer in the past. The feedback from our participants has always been very positive and indicates that they have found our conferences very useful, informative and a good selection of presenters. The programmes we have developed in past years have included central government policy and information, research, achievement issues and case studies of primary-secondary transfer initiatives. We always have representatives from central government, local authorities and individual schools. We would like to emphasise that we are concerned with issues of achievement and learning, not of the administration of transfer.

Our forthcoming conference is on December 2nd 2005 at Connaught Hall, University of London; for details see enclosed. There is still time to accommodate any suggestions you might have for speakers or themes to discuss. These suggestions are always welcomed as blen is a very dynamic, flexible organisation which takes the time to listen to its member’s views and comments.

In the event that you are unable to come to the conference, we would like to draw your attention to our newly designed website to further professionalize our web presence.  We are also in the process of building up and expanding our collection of materials and resources in transfer issues. For easy access, you will be able to view the titles on the website during the autumn term.  Our website has a special feature entitled Kids’ Corner which contains different activities for pupils as well as acting as a notice board for their work such as poems, songs and rap.  We would like to invite your pupils to contribute and use the site.

Over the past year, we have also introduced a membership scheme. As a member you will receive electronic newsletters, discount rates for events and special rates for photocopies of materials.  We really care about what you think and by becoming a member you support our responses to your views and needs.

The individual membership fee is £15 per annum. As we have other areas of specialization which may interest your school we can also offer an institutional membership for £30 per annum. 

Specialist forum – 5th conference

Primary and Secondary Transfer KS2 & KS3:
Friday 24th  March 2006, 10.30-16.00 (registration from 10.00) Connaught Hall, University of London, 36-45 Tavistock Square, London WC1

Main Themes
Update on current policy, practice and research.
Issues arising out of KS2 and KS3 transfer (Generic, Curricular and Methodological, Attainment)

Contributors include
Kate Moorse, Phase Officer, Qualification and Curriculum Authority will be sharing the monitoring report of KS2 test results and implications for KS3.

Celia Moore, Co-ordinator, Secondary Heads Association/Gatsby Partnership Project on developing primary secondary transition involving partner LEAs: Merthyr Tydfil, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Stockton-on-Tees and Tower Hamlets.

Barry Bainbridge, Dudley Pensnett Federation, discussing the concept of federation of schools and the impact on transition and transfer

Primary/Secondary School representatives, School-based transition initiatives and projects.

A mini exhibition of relevant government, local authority and commercial publications as well as school handbooks will be on display.

Lunch, Tea and Coffee and hand-outs all included as well as follow up