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

Ironbridge in springThis event looks at how to create seamless learning pathways that ensure learners thrive and progress as they move from primary to secondary or from middle to high school.

The content of the day will provide an opportunity to examine the main points raised by OFSTED in their new handbook for schools published on 14th May 2019 which will now be used in schools.  It is very clear that sequential curriculum planning and implementation is essential in meeting the criteria for a good or outstanding school. This is never more important than when pupils move from year 6 to year 7.

We will look closely at the importance of transition from primary to secondary school as part of designing a curriculum offer for year 7, 8 and 9 and how to ensure that the curriculum offer in year 7 is challenging and relevant to what pupils have learnt previously and need to know over time.

The course will ensure that those with responsibility for transition have a wealth of resources to support a deeper emphasis on the academic as well as the pastoral issues in ensuring pupils do not dip in performance during year 7. We focus on how to create highly effective opportunities for partnership working where there is a collaboration that ensures year 6 knowledge acquisition and skills development continue across the transition bridge so that learning from the primary phase is not lost and pupils make good progress.

OFSTED handbook for schools published on May 14th 2019

"The school's curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, and towards those defined end points"

"The curriculum reflects the school's local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils' knowledge and skills"

"The curriculum sets out the knowledge, skills and understanding to be gained at each stage. It enables the evaluation of pupils' knowledge and understanding against those expectations."

This event will:-

  • Review how to ensure there are opportunities to work closely with all stakeholders to build a transition policy that delivers seamless academic as well as pastoral transition
  • Look at the curriculum content, the rigour of SATs 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 and deepen knowledge and understanding across year 7, key stage 3 and beyond
  • Provide resources that enable teachers in both phases to talk about a common pedagogy, assessment methodology and learning strategies to ensure pupils can continue to learn and progress across the bridge
  • 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 and a look at some best practice examples and ideas
  • 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 inspectors 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.

OFSTED are still concerned that not much has changed since their report about transition came out in 2015.  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.

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.

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "Very knowledgeable host.  Excellent resources. Thank you! The most useful CPD I have had in a lon time!!" Deputy Headteacher from London
  • "This has been so useful and opended my eyes to how rich transition can be and the need for us to prioirtise and develop it within the whole school.  I've come away with lots of ideas!" Head of Year 7 in London
  • "The resources from today have been wonderful.  An invaluable day, I only wish I had attended this course a year earlier" A Head of Transition from a secondary school in Scarborough
  • "I have so much to reflect on and so much to share with my Year 7 team. Today has been so helpful." A Head of Key Stage 3 from an academy in West London
  • "Practical but challenging with so many excellent ideas and best practice examples.  I have so much to use, I know that I can make a significant difference to our current approach" Assistant Head from a high school in Lincolnshire
  • "A very positive and useful days training.  It was so helpful to be able to share practice with other delegates and to take a lot of ideas back into school".  Programme Manager from Leeds 
  • "A very thought-provoking day.  Lots of ideas as to where to go next and to consider the current transition arrangements".  Assistant Head from a school in Lancashire
  • "A great day to reflect on what we already do and how to develop our current procedures.  Opportunities to share and discuss different approaches".  Progress Leader from a college in Manchester
  • "Everything I had hoped for and a lot more! Such an enlightening day.  Fantastic opportunity to plan and talk through ideas".  Assistant Head from a High School in Bolton 
  • "Great Chance to discuss pedagogy, ideas, practical solutions." Head of Year 7, London

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  • "Very knowledgeable host.  Excellent resources. Thank you! The most useful CPD I have had in a lon time!!" Deputy Headteacher from London
  • "This has been so useful and opended my eyes to how rich transition can be and the need for us to prioirtise and develop it within the whole school.  I've come away with lots of ideas!" Head of Year 7 in London
  • "The resources from today have been wonderful.  An invaluable day, I only wish I had attended this course a year earlier" A Head of Transition from a secondary school in Scarborough
  • "I have so much to reflect on and so much to share with my Year 7 team. Today has been so helpful." A Head of Key Stage 3 from an academy in West London
  • "Practical but challenging with so many excellent ideas and best practice examples.  I have so much to use, I know that I can make a significant difference to our current approach" Assistant Head from a high school in Lincolnshire
  • "A very positive and useful days training.  It was so helpful to be able to share practice with other delegates and to take a lot of ideas back into school".  Programme Manager from Leeds 
  • "A very thought-provoking day.  Lots of ideas as to where to go next and to consider the current transition arrangements".  Assistant Head from a school in Lancashire
  • "A great day to reflect on what we already do and how to develop our current procedures.  Opportunities to share and discuss different approaches".  Progress Leader from a college in Manchester
  • "Everything I had hoped for and a lot more! Such an enlightening day.  Fantastic opportunity to plan and talk through ideas".  Assistant Head from a High School in Bolton 
  • "Great Chance to discuss pedagogy, ideas, practical solutions." Head of Year 7, London
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