Back-to-school inspiration for secondary

Nicola Davison and Heather Charles
26th August 2016
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Resources, activities and ideas to prepare for those first few days back at school

As the new academic year looms and that back-to-school feeling descends, your thoughts may turn to those first lessons, tutor time sessions and assemblies. We've picked out some quality resources to facilitate a smooth transition out of holiday mode and into school life again. 

From establishing school rules to icebreaker activities and target setting, use the selection below to help you welcome your tutor group and get to know your new charges.

Welcoming back and settling in

A staple of the back-to-school routine, this engaging assembly can be tailored to KS3 or KS4 and lets learners visualise what they could achieve this year and beyond. This Year 7 PSHE lesson, which can be easily adapted for other year groups, looks at students' understanding of school rules and their role and responsibilities as a pupil.

Hit the ground running and introduce Smart targets with this presentation, allowing students to focus and set goals as they start afresh this term. If you have a new form group, this worksheet is ideal to get pupils thinking about how to define the qualities of a good tutee.

Getting to know one another

The classic find-someone-who activity is extended using this summer holiday-themed worksheet, which includes follow-up questions to prompt further discussion. You could also use this variety of energetic starter ideas to break the ice and get students active, both physically and mentally!

For something more curriculum related, there are two STEM-focused practical challenges and four critical thinking skills tasks in this fully-resourced activity pack*. Alternatively, highlight the importance of teamwork with this competitive general knowledge quiz. Why not take inspiration from the resource author and include questions relevant to your local area?

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Have you made your own resources to prepare for the new school year? You could win £500 Hobbycraft vouchers for your classroom and £250 cash to spend on yourself in our back-to-school prize draw.

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