“The importance of a good start to a pupil’s secondary school education cannot be overemphasised. Leaders of successful schools set the right culture for learning that is embraced by their pupils from the outset. They ensure that pupils are well aware of their school’s high expectations for behaviour and conduct, and they have a clear understanding of pupils’ achievements in primary school and build on them from day one.” (OFSTED, KS3: The Wasted Years? 2015)
One of the core themes of our school Progress Plan has been to review and further improve our KS2-3 transition processes, so that we really enable our students to settle quickly and make maximum progress in Year 7. After I joined the school in April 2016, I spent some time working in partnership with our Director of Studies (DoS) for Year 7 to explore and evaluate current practice and to identify how we could build upon, refine or adapt what we do.
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