Top Tip 4: Manage pupils’ academic, not just pastoral, transitions
According to the Scottish Government’s literature review, better ongoing dialogue is required between primary and secondary schools, as well as within secondary schools, to ensure that there is continuity of pedagogical approach.
In this module, Matt argues that it is important that schools focus on supporting pupils’ academic transition to secondary school and not just their social and emotional transition. Curriculum continuity is key to this.
I’ve already shared some ideas on how you might do this such as creating a bridging unit and asking pupils to produce a transition passport or portfolio, so I won’t repeat that advice.
Suffice to say, we need primary and secondary schools to work closely together to ensure that what is taught in Year 7, and how it is taught, represents progression from Year 6 and provides continuity in both content and language.