Transition from primary to secondary school is a huge milestone for children and their families. It can also be challenging for teachers and staff at either end of the process.
The Transition toolkit has been designed to help with all aspects of transition. It forms a bank of resources to support children, young people, their families and school staff. This should make it a positive experience for all involved.
Self evaluation forms
These worksheets are created in Microsoft Excel. You can edit and adapt them to suit your school's individual requirements:
Answer the questions by entering a 1, 2 or 3 in the 'Your rating' column. Once completed, your overall rating appears at the bottom of the column. Areas for developments will be highlighted. Complete your action plan by clicking on the 'Links and information' section on this page for suggested tools, resources and internet links.
It is not essential to complete the self evaluation forms to use the rest of the toolkit. However, we strongly recommend you identify any areas for improvement to ensure all children experience the best transition possible.
Links and information for children and young people
Autism and transition
- The National Autistic Society (NAS) offers advice regarding how to help children during transition: National Autistic Society: Transition
- NAS gives advice on organising, sequencing and prioritising ideas and strategies for children with autism: National Autistic Society: Organising, sequencing and prioritising
- NAS also advises how to deal with change: National Autistic Society: Preparing for change
- Leo made a video for Ceebeebies about his transition to secondary school. He has ASD and AHDH: Ceebeebies: the story of a Year 7 boy with ASD and ADHD and his transition to secondary school
- Calderdale Council Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ)
Stonewall: Stonewall education resources provide many resources including:
- toolkits to tackle and prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools;
- an introduction to supporting LGDTQ in young people;
- Anti-bullying week assembly tackling transphobic bullying and language;
- gender stereotypes lesson;
- are you a girl? are you a boy? lesson plan.
The Proud Trust: The Proud Trust: schools and training is a user friendly site with resource from KS2 upwards, including downloads for LGBT History Month, Genderbread Man (discussions around gender, biology and sexual orientation) and a link to 'Alienation' - a book available to purchase which evokes discussions around gender in an age appropriate and thought provoking way.
Special educational needs (SEN)
- The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has guides for pupils, parents and teachers to help prepare for transition and change at Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities: moving onto secondary school
Links and information for parents, carers and family members
Choosing the right secondary school for your child
Local offer for children with special needs and disabilities: Education covers:
- choosing the right school;
- special schools;
- home to school transport for pupils with special educational needs;
- independent travel training;
- financial support for disabled students.
School performance tables and statistics gives access to school performance tables and Ofsted school data dashboards.
Open evenings gives the latest open evenings for all secondary schools as part of the admissions process.
Secondary schools' admission criteria gives links to all secondary schools in Calderdale.
Helping parents keep their children safe online
The NSPCC have guidance to help parents on NSPCC: Online safety which includes links to
- technology, toys and the internet: keeping your child safe;
- how to set up parental controls;
- online games: helping children play safe;
- talking to your child about staying safe online.
School bus services
How will your child get to school? Some schools have a school transport service, or your child may need to use a regular bus service.
School transport services provided by WY Metro
Find out if your child's school or future school has one at: WY Metro.
Regular bus services provided by First Group
For First Group buses, you can find the timetable for buses that go to Calderdale schools at: First Group.
On this website, you can also find out about:
- Young person under 19 tickets;
- Ticket gifting (parents buying Under 19 tickets on their mobile and and transferring it to their child's mobile);
- Pay point for payment in advance for your child's / children's ticket;
- Contactless payment.
Supporting your child through transition to secondary school
Family Lives provide online family support services and have put together advice on many aspects of the transition to secondary school at Family lives: starting secondary school .
The page includes choosing a school, planning the journey, the timetable, books and equipment, and homework.
The Oxford Owl website has been created to support children's learning at home and at school. The blog is aimed at supporting parents support their child's learning, see Oxford Owl blog: starting secondary school .
The site also includes:
- Oxford Owl: Starting secondary school - a parent's guide ;
- Oxford Owl: Your starting secondary school checklist .
One new concept for many children starting secondary school is homework. Get the right school website have advice for parents support their child at Get the right school: Keeping up with homework in secondary school
Links and information for school staff
The Literacy Shed have a webpage dedicated to anti bullying with videos and links for use during Anti bullying week, see The Literacy Shed: Anti bullying shed .
To access any information that requires a log in, please contact us. We have an account for all schools in Calderdale paid for by the Calderdale Public Health team.
Calderdale Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service
Calderdale's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service have published a guide for professionals on the Open Minds website, visit: Open Minds: Calderdale's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service guide for professionals.
CAMHS (Children and adolescent mental health services)
Find out about CAMHS in Calderdale, including how to make a referral at Northpoint Wellbeing.
Independent travel training
Independent travel training in Calderdale is provided by the Council's Access and School Planning team. For details, please see: Independent travel training.
It's your move
CICS (Christians in Calderdale Schools) work closely with many schools in Calderdale and will present an assembly on the transition period. At this assembly, they will also provide a booklet called 'It's your move'. For more about this, visit: CICS.
Kirklees Safeguarding Children's Board have set up a website on online safety. It includes lesson plans that can be used in PSHE (Personal social health and economic) lessons for KS2 children, visit: My first mobile phone.
PSHE (Personal social health and economic) toolkit for KS 3
Childnet have created a toolkit covering cyber bullying, sexting, peer pressure and self esteem. It is aimed at KS 3 pupils, although it could also be used for a mature upper KS 2 class, see Childnet: PHSE toolkits for 11-14 year olds.
Transition lesson plans
ELSA (Emotional literacy support assistant) has some resources on the transition at ELSA transition resources.
Transition tips for parents
One school has put together a booklet containing tips for parents, including top ten worries, how can parents help, getting to school, timetables and contacting the school. It is available at St Joseph's Catholic School: Going to secondary school - top tips for parents.
Wellbeing and schools
The Anna Freud website includes a network for professionals who work with children on the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools, see Anna Freud National centre for children and families: Schools in mind.
You can find worksheets in the Services for Schools: Calderdale Communication Toolkit (login required).
There are several transition resources available for purchase online, but you may need to open account to do this. Websites include: I Can.
Links and information for students
How to survive starting secondary school
Sam Stephenson looks back after a year at secondary school and shares the information he wishes he'd known at the time, see The School Run: How to survive starting secondary school.
Kooth.com is an online mental wellbeing community for children and young people. It provides free, safe and anonymous support through discussion boards, chats and a magazine. Find out more at Kooth.
A Calderdale website for children, young people, parents and professionals, Open Minds provides answers on emotional health and wellbeing. It includes sections on transition, stress and urgent help, see Open Minds Calderdale .
The BBC have produced some resources that address the issue of peer pressure: