Making the case

Transition has a big impact on students’ learning, attainment and well-being. With good support this can be improved. Music's a great place to start.

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Why is transition important?

1. Building cross-phase links to ensure continuity
• Developing professional relationships
• Building transition teams to include SLT and SENCO
• Enabling two-way dialogue and discussion between primary and secondary schools
2. Avoiding the ‘start again’ syndrome
• Ensuring curriculum continuity and a common framework
• Developing a common language in order to talk about teaching and learning
• Avoiding the ‘progress’ dip
3. Caring for pupils’ personal and social needs
• Guarding against a dip in pupils' engagement and motivation
• Building pupils’ confidence as they adjust to a new learning environment
• Ensuring pupils and parents know what to expect i.e. anti bullying policies
4. Ensuring manageable data transfer and administrative arrangements
• Developing a common data transfer system which is agreed across the phase
• Ensuring that parents and pupils are aware of and understand transition procedures
5. Addressing subject requirements specific to transition
• Ensuring that parents and pupils are aware of the arrangements for instrumental tuition
• Ensuring that parents and pupils are aware of extended curricular activities i.e. choirs/orchestras etc.
6. Developing a coherent framework which allows for smoother transition process
• Ensuring respective assessment, tracking and target-setting processes
• Encouraging joint professional development days and cross-phases teaching opportunities