A number of resources to support transition from one school to another:
1. Moving Up! Transition animation and toolkit
Last Summer Anna Freud's Schools in Mind co-produced Moving Up! The transition to secondary school, an animation and accompanying teacher toolkit with young people, teachers and clinicians. They spent time talking to young people aged 10 - 12 about their emotions around starting secondary school, and they told us about their excitement, worries, challenges, and positive experiences. The animation and materials aim to support pupils to:
- Identify potential worries associated with starting secondary school
- Know they're not alone if they are feeling worried
- Talk to a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns
- Identify solutions and strategies for looking after their mental health, including self-care
Moving Up! is designed for pupils who are preparing to transition to secondary school later this year, but can also be used with new secondary school students once they have started.
2. New guidance for parents and carers: Supporting children's transition to secondary school
Supporting children's transition to secondary school is an evidence-based guidance for parents and carers, written by clinicians and education professionals.
This short guide provides tips about how children preparing for, or going through, the transition to secondary school can best be supported by their parents and carers. It includes guidance which explains why the transition can be difficult for some children, and practical advice such as talking and connecting with the new school, as well as suggested resources that children and parents and carers may find useful.
3. Mentally Healthy Schools transitions toolkit
Whether you're starting primary school, moving up to secondary school or preparing to leave school for further education or work, these periods of transition can be challenging.
These free Mentally Healthy Schools toolkits for primary, secondary and FE settings are full of practical resources to help pupils and their parents/carers manage changes in their education.