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Crossing the Transition Bridge – Seamless learning from Key Stage 2 to 3

crossring thebridgeCreating seamless pathways that ensure learners thrive and progress as they move from primary to secondary or from middle to higher school.

Turning the well-researched dip in performance of anything up to 39% into a positive flight path for all pupils that means they thrive and progress from the day they start in Year 7 until they take their GCSEs and other qualifications at the end of year 11 is essential. We know that the curriculum at Key Stage 2 is now more challenging and the data that arrives with the pupil in Year 7 is the benchmark by which their progress will be judged.  It is, therefore, essential that planning a Year 7 curriculum builds on prior learning and has sufficient breadth and balance and stretch and challenge to turn the potential dip in performance into successful outcomes for all pupils.

We have taken some of the findings from the Key Stage 3: The wasted years? report and created a list of questions to help those with responsibility for transition to begin to focus on where there is a need for change or where schools can highlight what they do well and can build on in order to ensure seamless learning across the transition bridge. Click here to download a copy of the questions.

This event will:-

  • Review how to create opportunities to ensure there is the right environment for transition partners to work together to build a curriculum that is seamless and focuses on progression
  • Look at the curriculum content and depth of study pupils are expected to have worked towards by the end of Year 6 and ensure that all subject teachers plan their schemes of work to build on prior learning
  • Provide resources to enable teachers in both phases to talk about a common pedagogy and learning styles to ensure pupils can continue to learn and progress
  • Focus specifically on literacy and numeracy and the profound changes to the curriculum in Key Stage 2 that need to translate into higher level learning opportunities for some pupils in Year 7 and beyond
  • Share best practice examples of models of assessment and our own expert's views and strategies
  • Focus on how to involve all the stakeholders including pupils, parents, teachers and their assistants in creating continuous learning across the bridge
  • Time to plan a strategy and focus on priorities linked to the content of the day
  • There will be opportunities for discussion and delegates will go back to school with a clear plan as to how to embed excellence and improvement across this phase and have the evidence for OFSTED or ESTYN that pupils are building on prior learning and will make the projected progress from their SATs results and other data received from the primary phase.

All our training and development has an element of coaching built into it so that delegates can share their knowledge and skills will others on their return to school. We provide a full and comprehensive set of resources that delegates can take away and use electronically to share their learning with others back in school.

Who should attend?

All those with responsibility for transition from Key Stage 2 to 3 from both the primary and secondary phases of education. Heads of Year 6 and year 7, transition managers, those with responsibility for raising achievement at Key stage 3 and partnership co-ordinators where a Year 6 and Year 7 coordinator can attend together, also subject specialists and those with responsibility for embedding curriculum change. The 2016/7 Year 7 cohort are the first recipients of the new primary curriculum to cross the bridge and there is an imperative to ensure all teachers build on pupils prior learning.

"Inspectors will consider how information at transition points between schools is used effectively so that teachers plan to meet pupils’ needs in all lessons from the outset – this is particularly important between the early years and Key Stage 1 and between Key Stages 2 and 3."

OFSTED Inspection Handbook August 2016

Equally the ESTYN framework in Wales emphasises the need for robust and effective partnership working to ensure a continuum of learning,

"We need to consider how well our school collaborates with partners to deliver coherent programmes and choices. To do this, the school needs to have effective structures and processes which contribute well to joint working practices. We should consider how our staff work with partners to plan, manage, and quality assure provision, for example through pooling our funding and resources."

We offer group discounts if a secondary school would like to attend with a number of their primary partner school representatives.

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.


First Delegate:

£275 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£225 +VAT

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