SAVE THE DATE: Joint Transition Week for Norwich Schools
11th-15th July 2022 & 4th – 8th July 2022 for more vulnerable students
Visiting their new High school is a great way for Y6 students to get to know their new school and allay any worries they may have about going. Most primary schools are fully supportive of their students visiting their new high school in Summer term, but find it hard to accommodate the students leaving on different days over a 6-12 week period. To support both the high schools and the primary schools to help their students settle in, the NOA schools have agreed to hold all their transition events in the same two weeks. It is hoped that by all Y6 being out at the same time it will help primaries prepare their lower age groups to move up to their new classrooms too.
New Offer for 2021-22: Transition Leads Role (Y6-Y7)
Schools can access a new support programme focused on Transition between Year 6 and Year 7, open to all staff responsible for leading on transition, both in primary and secondary schools. The programme will include tools to audit current approaches, exploring the current evidence base around transition, and access to a network of Transition Leads to share ideas and develop shared solutions. More info online here.
Schools who are active members of the Transition project can access additional funding for CPD or sustainable projects or initiatives that support the ambitions of this work.
Transition Projects through NOA to date
An important part of Inclusion has been recognised as transition – the movement of the student from one year group or school to another. To enable smooth transition and help to settle students, 2019-20 saw NOA implement a range of new practices and create exciting resources for Y6-7.
Early Years has also seen a superb series of new resources developed to support children with the transition from early years settings into primary school.
To help students make the move to higher education or work, the NOA has successfully set up a network of Careers Facilitators to enable joined up planning of employers’ and other informative events for KS4 and KS5 students. This has also helped those participating schools increase their success rate in achieving their Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers.
In 2020-21, these initiatives and resources were rolled out via the Norfolk County Council Good Practice website and shared with Opportunity Areas in other parts of the country. Where appropriate we plan to develop some of the Y6-7 resources for other year groups, including Early Years.
Transition activities in 2020-21 focussed on communicating good practice, evaluating the work so far, and joining up strategically on all transition elements across the four priorities of the NOA work, working with experts that represent all key stakeholders involved in transition.