In this week’s podcast Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Lorraine Petersen OBE to discuss how schools can support transition from primary to secondary school.

Lorraine Petersen OBE. Lorraine is an educational consultant with 25 years of experience working in schools and since 2004 has been supporting Special Needs in a variety of ways, as the CEO of NASEN and as a consultant, director of a teaching school alliance and Governor. Lorraine has received numerous awards for her work, including her OBE.

A significant number of young people, especially those identified with SEND will encounter difficulties in the transition to a new school if not properly supported. During this session Lorraine will give practical examples of how to manage transition from primary to secondary school.

The number of pupils who are either excluded or are not in school due to anxiety is rising in Years 7 and 8. This is often due to a poor transition process for these pupils moving from primary to secondary.

For transition to work effectively, it needs to be a partnership between the primary school, secondary school, parents and carers and the pupil.

Useful Links

100 Ideas for Primary teachers – transition to Secondary School – Bloomsbury Press –

Nasen mini-guide – Transition –

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