For Schools

Most Year 6 pupils worry about transferring to secondary school. Some experience great anxiety about and have particular difficulties transferring from primary school to secondary school. Common concerns include: 
  • making new friends, 
  • dealing with bullying, 
  • changing classes, 
  • getting lost, 
  • harder work, and 
  • many more. 
These concerns can cause children great stress and anxiety, and impact their attendance, learning and academic performance, not only at the beginning of Year 7, but also during the summer term of Year 6 as transfer draws closer.

Research shows that addressing these problems as they arise once the child is in secondary school is not as effective as long-term intervention preparing for transferring school. The importance of transfer is recognised within one of the five priorities of the multi-agency Buckinghamshire Children and Young People’s Plan.

It is therefore crucial that primary schools take steps to alleviate Year 6 pupils’ anxieties about transfer and provide them with the skills they will need to navigate through secondary school (and life in general), especially for those more vulnerable.