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Magazine Issue 24: TRANSITION
June 2012

This month ideas about and techniques for Educational Transition

Article: Educational Transition
New Resources
Teaching Tips
Mike's Books

This Month's Article:

School Transition

School Transition An Article which defines educational transition in the wider context of life-change then suggests a model for high quality school transition.

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
Amelia Barr

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.
P. J. O'Rourke
What is transition? What is educational transition? Why is it important and how do we make it work? 

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Categories: Article, Transition, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Change Transition

Transition, transfer, transformation, transmission and transmutation all express different degrees of movement and change. Transition = Passage from one form, state, style, or place to another. Let's think a little about what this means and then discover the 5 common features of all transitions.

Human Transition
Transition is inevitable. People are born, they grow, start school, make friends, change school, move school again, go to college, start work, form serious relationships, produce more humans, change jobs, move house, get promoted, form new serious relationships, buy fast cars, move country, come back again, bury their relatives, welcome new relatives, begin to wear out, slow down, move to hospital and finally die, the ultimate transition. During all of this, bodies and minds evolve, beliefs embed and values transform as they find out what life is about and how it deigns to treat them.  If we acknowledge the features of our own life transitions we can empathise more fully with children’s specific educational ones.

Educational Transition
Transition in an educational context means progression to the next year group. Transfer is an aspect of transition that involves a change of schools. I find it better to use transition to mean any significant change (planned or unplanned) within or between educational settings. Transition from primary to secondary school gets all the attention and it can be a challenging time for all involved. But there are other equally important moves. Leaving mum or dad for the first time to spend a morning at nursery is arguably more significant than starting ‘big school’. Moving between infant and junior schools, getting to know a new teacher each year and then switching daily between multiple teachers in secondary education are all worthy of attention, as are moves to sixth form and on to university

Why Attend to Transition?
John Hattie’s exhaustive compilation of educational research, Visible Learning (2008), reveals that pupil mobility is the factor most harmful to academic achievement. There is a well-known academic dip in the first year of secondary school and a study by London Metropolitan University found that roughly two-thirds of all university dropouts happen during the first year. This and anecdotal evidence implies that support through transition and induction are fundamental to learner well-being and success.

Successful Transition

Maurice Galton’s five bridges model of transition has its roots in the study of transition to secondary school. But it can be used to describe personal life transitions and the wide range of planned and unplanned educational ones. Galton argues that pupils must cross each bridge successfully for a fruitful transition:

The Social/Organizational Bridges
1. The Bureaucratic Bridge
2. The Social and Emotional Bridge
3. The Curriculum Bridge

The Academic Bridges
4. The Pedagogy Bridge
5. The Management of Learning Bridge

New Resources:

Fairy Tale Thinking

Fairy Tale Thinking

A Thinking Skills Tool for pupils to creatively express their feelings about changes, moving on (new class/new school) and to simply generate new original narratives.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Transition, English, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Infographic Visual Story

Fairy Tale Thinking Powerpoint

Fairy Tale Thinking Powerpoint

A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, with 20 fairy tale motfis that can be arranged into unique stories.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Transition, English, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Motif Infographic Visual Thinking

Dream Bottles

Dream Bottles

A Story that poses an interesting magical challenge about success and failure after leaving home. Links to the questions that are set in the "Tips for successful transition" resource.

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Categories: Story, Transition, Junior, Secondary, English, PSHE

Tags: Dream Wish Goals Success Failure Story

PSHE Think Sheet - Transition

PSHE Think Sheet - Transition

A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas applied to transition.

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Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Transition, Junior, Secondary, PSHE

Tags: Transition

Teaching Tips:

Tips for Successful Transition

Tips for Successful Transition

Teaching Tips for auditing your existing provision and then helping pupils to think through the process of changing school. Includes Transition Checklist, Patchwork Thinking and questions for the associated Dream Bottles download.

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Categories: Teaching Tips, Transition, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Story Audit Patchwork Thinking

Includes suggestions for a transition programme. Transition programmes vary with need and context. This resource includes a checklist of features compiled from successful programmes. Use it to audit your own provision. Also includes two activities to do with pupils during transition.


Mike's Books:

Books to help you

Moving to Secondary School
by Mike Fleetham & Lynda Measor

Moving to Secondary School<br> by Mike Fleetham & Lynda Measor Book with Advice & Activities to Support Transition. Co-authored with Dr Lynda Measor, this book is packed with activities to make transition to secondary school as smooth as possible. Using Galton's 5 bridges model you'll be able to plan effectively for pupils moving from KS2 to KS3. Focussing not only on the paperwork and data, you'll also find out how to manage the smooth transition of teaching, learning, emotions and friendships.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Transition, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Transition Year 6 Year 7

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