For most children moving from one school to another can be an exciting opportunity but for others, it can bring worry, pressure and stress, which can impact the whole family.
Parents and schools understand the vital role of ensuring effective and successful transition for all children joining and leaving them.
In this section you will find local and national information to support your child through transition.
Transition Support Project for Calderdale Primary Schools
The Calderdale Transition Support Project (TSP) involves a partnership of local organisations working together to support children, parents/carers and school staff. The service supports students in years 5 & 6 to manage the emotional impact of transition from primary school to secondary school. Due to the current situation, some of the delivery is currently carried out remotely via phone or videoconferencing. This will be regularly reviewed in line with government guidance and the practicalities of social distancing.
To express interest or access any of these free services please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition Parent/Carer Workshop Video This short video discusses what transition is, change, some tips for how you as parents/carers can support transition, and some of the developmental changes that children go through at this time. It also covers anxiety, some warning signs to look out for and some practical ideas/strategies that you can use with your child to support the transition and any anxiety they may have about it. It also talks about further support services available in Calderdale. This resource pack was also put together and includes some of the resources and activities mentioned in the video.
Moving Up! A transition to secondary school animation: This animation is aimed at supporting pupils who have recently started Year 7. It was developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and mental health experts.
Supporting Children’s Transition to Secondary School, Guidance for Parents and Carers: this guide explains why the transition can be difficult for some children, and practical advice such as talking and connecting with the new school, as well as suggested resources that children and you as their parents and carers may find useful.
Oxfordshire County Council, Transition to Secondary School: A Parent’s Guide: Making the change from primary to secondary school can be a daunting time, both for your child and for you! This guide is for you as a parent to read and share with your child to help you both prepare for the transition.
YoungMinds, Ten Ways for Parents to Help Children Cope with Change: Going through change can be scary or challenging for children. These 10 top tips aimed at parents can provide a starting point for helping children struggling with a change in their life.
Family Lives: Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.
Oxford Owl: Oxford Owl is an award-winning website from Oxford University Press created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. For tips on helping children transition and settle into year 7 click here.
Childline, Moving Schools: This is a great resource to share with students who are transitioning to a new school.