Transition programs

A transition program is the series of strategies or activities that a cluster of schools agree to implement to assist students making the transition from primary school to secondary school.

A transition program ideally contains activities linked together to ensure that the four phases of transition and the five areas of action for transition are all reflected in the program. In addition, the program should be developed after an audit of school needs and current provision. If you're already implementing a transition program, also consider evaluating the effectiveness of each element to identify how it can be enhanced.

Developing an effective, comprehensive program can improve students' experiences as they move from the familiar surroundings of their primary schools to the less familiar environments in secondary schools.

Planning a smooth and successful transition requires careful analysis and a structured approach. There are so many conflicting demands for the time of school leaders, but few efforts pay off as highly as does an effective transition between primary and secondary school.

Giving incoming students a strong start in Year 7 helps to assure their continued success throughout secondary school. Transition programs are investments in the future, not only for individual students but also for the schools involved.