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 superb resources for Y6-7.  2020-21 will see these be rolled out via the Norfolk County Council Good Practice website and through our twinning scheme with other areas of the country. Where appropriate we plan to develop some of these resources for other year groups.

We focussed on four areas in transition and each has its own resources for you to download- see below.

Transition Audit tool- NEW for 2022!

An evidence led toolkit to enable both primary and secondary schools the opportunity to:

  • Audit your current offer to find gaps in your provision and plan improvements
  • Evaluate you current offer to review and revise your offer effectively in light of your changing cohorts and school needs

The booklets have been created by the Anglia Ruskin University and the NOA with collaboration on the work by various NOA schools, ensuring your school has a live document of your transition programme that can be used to plan, revise, and/ hand over transition to any new staff accordingly.

Common Transfer Document (download)

NEW Updated for 2022: Now includes new information sharing for Children with Social Worker and EHCP

This one easy document for secondary schools to use with their feeder primary schools, has proven to be extremely popular. A holistic and practical list of information for each child that can be completed once by the primary school and sent to each relevant high school, instead of a raft of individual forms from every secondary school to their feeder primary. 

Sharing good practice and information about each phase of a child’s educational journey (here)


Transition Guide: Current Practice in Norwich (download)

Transition Guide: Current Practice in Norwich (open as flip book)

Cover Form (download)

This outlines examples from all sorts of city schools, special, secondary and primary, of the work they do around transition.  Use this to get ideas for your school; or plan a visit to see their work in action.  In 2021, NOA will happily pay cover for your staff to do this, see cover download.

Bridging the curriculum between key stages 2 and 3 (here)

For Summer 2022 transition, a group of schools are participating in the English Curriculum Bridging project. The resources can be accessed by both primary and secondary schools and feedback from schools is overwhelmingly positive, even if the resources are just used by one school. Ideally students participate in the project at their primary school and pick up the work when they join secondary school. If you are considering using the resources please reach out to your feeder schools to let them know and discuss continuity of the project.

Project participants for Summer 2022 Transition (confirmed so far):

City Academy Norwich & Open Academy

Valley Primary Academy, Lakenham Primary, Wensum Junior, Blofield Primary, Horsford Primary, Queens Hill Primary, Hillside Avenue Primary & West Earlham Junior.

English Primary (link)

English Secondary (link)

Primary Schools: Watch the English Curriculum Bridging showcase webinar here

Secondary Schools: Watch the English Curriculum Bridging showcase webinar here

Hannah Boag, Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at City Academy Norwich has written a blog about the Curriculum Bridging project for ssat, the schools, students and teachers network. Read it here

Inter school visits over January enabled staff to understand the gaps in the curriculum which could benefit from a bridging project.  From this was developed a collaboration on English and Maths.  The Maths project has been taken up to be developed further by the local Maths Hub. 

The local Maths Hub worked with multiple schools across Norwich including 11 NOA schools to produce the Theme Park maths bridging resources.  The Farmyard resources were created by an earlier NOA school collaboration.

For more information on the Maths Hub CPD courses, including this one, please contact Sam Phillips

Maths Primary (link)

Maths Secondary (link)

For all schools using the resources we would value any feedback, so please complete the short survey.

Teacher Survey English (link)

Teacher Survey Maths (link)

Improving the quality and efficiency of information sharing between schools (here)

To facilitate a more streamlined approach to organised Y6 transition visits to high schools, an agreement has been reached between Norwich Opportunity Area schools to run all of them these two weeks.  The added benefits will be that primary schools are less disrupted by missing students in the Summer Term and they can plan for their own in school transition more easily.

It is hoped this approach will be adopted by all schools in Norfolk moving forwards.

Building resilience for transition (here)

Primary Resources:

These resources will enable primary schools to run an information event in February before the schools admissions allocate places and discuss parents’ key concerns: Survey the Parents before and after to see if your evening has answered their worries. Use the powerpoint to personalise the data you use at that meeting.  Print off the booklet to hand out to support your event.   

Transitions Open Event – Parent Information Brochure (download) *NEW

Parent Information Event Powerpoint (download)

STAR Parent Survey. School concerns pdf (download)

Secondary Resources:

Ensure your parents have the contacts and information they need at their fingertips over summer in an attractive and engaging booklet, rather than a raft of A4 paper.  This template has been designed by Naked Marketing but can be used by any design agency to make your school information come alive for both new students and their carer/s.

Y7 Welcome Booklet Template (download)

Much of the work has been around improving resilience for families to support their child’s move to high school.  Currently, the parent as a stakeholder has been largely underused in all our city schools, despite the research indicating how important their involvement to good transition can be. 

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