Moving from primary to secondary school is a very big transition for your child and for you as a parent. It can be a very exciting time but also come with lots of anxieties.
There are many aspects to think about from a parents point of view. It may start in Year 5 where you start to consider your childs next stage of education.
Thinking about applying for secondary schools, visiting schools on their open days and talking to lots of friends and family about the transition.
Parents can have lots of anxieties and lots of questions. We have uploaded a range of resources that can help you as a parent and help your child make that smooth transition.
Going from primary school to secondary school is a time of mixed emotions for parents and their children. However, there are ways you can help make the transition process easier.
For many young people the move from primary to secondary education will be one of the first major life transitions they experience. Alongside a change in educational environment, there will be new subjects, increased workload, new friendships, a different journey to school and new-found independence to explore.
The skills young people will need for making the transition from one school to another are similar to those that they will need to progress successfully through education towards the world of work.
The move from primary to secondary education can be stressful for any young person. It can be especially difficult for people with learning disabilities or people with special educational needs (SEN). Find information and guidance for your child and for parents to help that transition.
Excellent article on moving up to year 7 and 10 tips on how to help your children make the change smoothly.
Top Marks has produced this article on what you should be thinking of when choosing your childs schools, it also has guidance on what your rights are.
Parentkind have produced this resource which gives parents advice on when to start looking for schools? which schools can I apply to? and what do school performance measures.
Moving up to secondary school is one of life's most defining moments for children and for parents, so we need to help them prepare for it
Heads Together answer a wide range of questions that parents might have regarding transition and how to support your child during these times. They have guidance on Primary transition, Secondary Transition and New School Transition. They explain how the transition should be managed and how to help your child to cope.
Due to the pandemic, secondary schools have had to adapt their Open Day process. Derby City Council have asked all the secondary schools in Derby to produce a virtual tour of their schools. This will enable those Year 6's to go through the video with their parents/family and friends so they can gain some knowledge of their new schools and the surroundings.
We will regularly update this section with new videos or links to the schools transition area for Year 6 as and when they are sent to us.
Click on the links below to access the schools videos: