Five Transition Bridges

In 2005, the Department for Education and Skills (DCSF’s predecessor) published a report from the London Challenge programme on a project in four London boroughs to develop innovative solutions to ensure effective pupil transfer from primary to secondary schools. The report has a number of findings which, taken with those from elsewhere, provide valuable pointers to improving primary to secondary transfer arrangements. For example, the project highlighted five transition bridges which, taken together, characterised good practice:

1. administrative – e.g. robust administrative arrangements tosupport transition, including pupil records transfer, performancedata management, administrative meetings between key school staffand common procedures;

2. social and personal – e.g. improving primary pupils’ and their parents’ familiarity with the school, layout and atmosphere and ensuring thateffective pastoral support is in place;

3. curriculum – e.g. improving curricular continuity between Year 6 and Year 7 to ensure that secondary school teachers build onthe curriculum covered to date and teach to children’s strengths;

4. pedagogy – e.g. improving continuity in teaching and classroom practice between Year 6 and Year 7, countering stereotypesheld by teachers in each phase and encouraging cross-phaseprofessional support and dialogue;

5. autonomy and managing learning e.g. ensuring that pupils are seen as active participants in the transition process and in their own learning

Source: DSCF Website

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