One of the EIB’s key priorities is to support a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. The dip in children’s attainment from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 is reported nationally and the causes of this dip have been identified to be a mixture of curricular and pastoral. The EIB has recruited Sarah Smailes to be the lead for Transition and Sarah will be working a day a week in 2017 to promote a smoother transition for all children in the city.
What has happened so far?
Since 2015, the EIB has been looking at Transition in the city and the Executive Head Teachers of Fernwoood Primary and Djanogly Northgate Academy have been working on Transition for the board. So far:
- We have city wide agreement for a common transfer day – the first Wednesday of July. At a recent Secondary Heads meeting, it was agreed a second transition day would also be available. So, for 2017, the transfer days will be Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July.
- A transition protocol has been written and shared at the EIB transition conference and with the Secondary Heads recently. This has been emailed out to all schools in the city and sets out the roles and expectations from all parties.
- A common transfer form has been developed by Schools IT to enable primary schools to pass on all relevant details about pupils. It was widely used in 2016/17 and is being tweaked following feedback for this year’s transition period.
For 2017, the focus will be on working with secondary schools to use the Key Stage 2 Question Level Analysis data to identify strengths and weaknesses in the new intake of pupils, and continuing to identify and share best practice.
Our resources page will also be developed further and will be a central point for sharing resources and best practice across the city and nationally.