School effectiveness

Transition to high schools

This section aims to support students’ transition from primary Y6 to high school Y7 through the early transfer form, transition units for maths and English, the common induction day and an outline process to support vulnerable students.

Important dates for your calendar

Common induction day for primary-high transition

For 2017: Friday 30 June 2017.

Early transfer form

The early transfer form (excel) was originally developed at the request of Ealing transition managers. It replaced all paper-based systems for early transfer of information from primary to secondary schools in Ealing.

This is the first fully electronic system for transferring information about primary school students early in the summer term to their new secondary schools. It was developed in 2008 by four local authorities (Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon and Hounslow). The protocol and detailed guidance notes (pdf) are updated annually.

The early transfer form is pre-populated for all primary school using the year six (Y6) pupil details from the spring school census. It therefore:

  • Removes the need for secondary schools to send out forms to collect this information
  • Enables primary schools to complete the information needed by secondary schools via an electronic spreadsheet, largely pre-populated by the LA, with a brief input from Y6 teachers or the SENCO
  • Transfers information electronically to secondary schools and the other boroughs by the end of May, well ahead of the CTF
  • Enables both primary and secondary schools, if they wish to, to print single sheets about individual students which can then be used as references or in primary-secondary school meetings between teachers in the summer term.

In Ealing, pre-populated spreadsheets from the LA are made available for primary schools during the second half of the spring term from the S2S website. Completed spreadsheets need to be reuploaded to S2S by the end of the spring term (see protocol on top of this page for exact dates for each year). They are then sorted by destination high school, combined with information on Y6 students who are moving across partner local authority borough boundaries, and passed to high schools during May.

We are again not asking primary schools to provide early key stage two (KS2) assessments this year. Therefore, as last year, the first version (sent out in May) will contain contextual data and information from primary schools on other agency involvement. High schools will then receive a second version of the ETF (containing submitted KS2 teacher assessment data and test outcomes) in early July.”

Please contact Kim Price, principal research and statistics officer, on 020 8825 8698 for further information.

Transition planning for children with SEBD

Ealing ran a key stage 2-3 Transition Project for Children with SEBD for several years. Colleagues who worked on the project developed a booklet containing guidance and relevant planning documents.

This advice continues to be a useful guide for good transition practice to support vulnerable students in Y6 as they move to Y7.

Please note that in order to keep in line with the timescales set out in the booklet, primary school colleagues should complete the 'Step 1' plan, parts 1-6 internally (ie without calling a meeting with the child and parents/carers). This will provide valuable information to the receiving high school. 'Step 2', the joint primary and high school meeting, should then be able to go ahead without delay.

The Primary Behaviour Service and the Educational Psychology Service team members will be available to support schools with this process. Schools should invite relevant professionals directly to the meetings.

Useful documents

Key Stage 2-3 Transition Planning for Children with SEBD (pdf)
Outline of the primary/secondary SEBD transition project, with ideal time scales and planning documents.

Transitional pastoral support plans (TPSP) pupil questionnaire (word)
A questionnaire for primary pupils moving into secondary school.

TPSP plans and model letters (word)
Action plan outlines and suggested proformas.

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Last updated: 14 Mar 2017