Two sides meet in the middle to fix transition

The move between phases remains a huge issue in education, with both factions spending a lot of time blaming each other for the problems. Here, primary teacher Amelia Ellis and secondary teacher Mark Enser get together to thrash out solutions

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Mark Enser (M): I see transition as having two parts to it: academic and pastoral. I would argue pastoral transition has really improved over the years, with Year 7 pupils seeming much more confident and comfortable on their arrival in secondary. I think the taster days (and in some cases, entire taster weeks) are making a difference and there seems to be much more work done in support of pupils on the SEND (special educational needs and disability) register to make the transition. Does this match your experience from a primary perspective?

Amelia Ellis (A) : On the whole, yes, especially ...

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