Educational research has identified the importance of well planned activities, a focus on social aspects of integration, and ongoing support for vulnerable students as key features of effective transition. We have therefore considered best practice to devise a transition programme to remove any obstacles which will mean all students are well supported at each stage in their education. This also includes students who join the school at any point during the year as these students can often be disadvantaged if their arrival is not well planned and informed.
Transition will be very important to year 6 students transferring to Edgar Wood Academy. We will work with the Transition Group (primary heads in the areas) to make sure we have systems, staff and the practices in place for students and their parents from the time they apply to join the academy through to the end of year 7 and if required into years 8 and 9. The assistant headteacher will be responsible for year 6-7 transition. In the pre-opening and first year this role will be undertaken by the headteacher. They will work with the SEND team and subject leaders to plan the transition and induction programme for all new entrants. Our aim will be to maintain the momentum of progress of all students regardless of background and ensure additional support and intervention is accessed in a timely manner. A protocol will be agreed with the primary schools to access support, advice and strategies and the school will work with the Pioneers Trust (local secondary schools) in planning transition across the authority.
There will be a range of events including transition clubs, a year 6 support event, a year 6 information evening and induction days during which all students and their parents have an opportunity to meet staff. Activities will include:
- visits to partner schools by the member of the senior leadership team (SLT) responsible for transition and/or SEND manager including extra one-to-one visits for vulnerable/SEND learners to speak with primary staff and conduct observations
- tours and visits to meet the SEND team for year 6 SEND learners
- provision of a piece of work from each primary school to be placed in the front of each book. This will be the minimum standard expected from each student at the start of year 7
- summer reading project for all students
- summer activities for students and their families
- welcome breakfast for year 7 parents/carers and students
- first day of term will be for year 7 only in subsequent years after 2020
- parents’/carers’ events – how to support your child(ren), focusing on study and revision skills, reading, literacy, enrichment, homework and the English and maths curriculum