“The transition from Primary to
Post-Primary has been recognised as
a crucial stage in young people’s
schooling career.”
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PUT SIMPLY
Students are required to: Move from one education

system to another, adjust their behaviour, develop
new ways...
WHICH SCHOOL TO CHOOSE???
Siblings attended !!!
You attended !!!!
Co-Ed V Single sex
Its been there forever !!!
Resul...
Choosing a school ???? ……
Inclusiveness
Ease of access / local !!!
Cost !!!
Perception and reputation !!!!
“The only ...
Transition cycle
Preparation
Encounter
Adjustment
Stabilisation
Settling In

Most Students
A Quarter of Students
One in 6
Some

First Week
A Month
Longer than a month
Not settled by ...
Influencing
Factors
Family

Peers

Bullying
Sense of Self
Coping mechanisms
Enabling students to deal with problems they

encounter, including managing time and negotiating
confli...
Main Adjustments
Environment /Size
Timetable
Rules/Discipline
Way subjects taught
A Recipe for Success
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Programmes
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Links
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Pastoral Care Team meet Primary Teachers
Tutors/Year Heads meet 6th class Students
Academi...
People
Pastoral Care System/Team
Mentoring
Parents
Student Mentors
Programmes
Induction Programme
Study Skills Programme
After Schools Programme of
Activities
Tutor Programme
Induction Programme
Handover
Meet The Team
Rules
Tour
Class Groups

- Hopes and Fears
- Find a Friend
Subject Sample
Study Skills
Expectations
Tips to help study
Note Taking
Organisation
Tips for Parents
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Personal Experience ….. Worries
New subjects…….
Having all their stuff …….
Timetables …….
Rules ……
Making friends ……....
And remind them……..that they are not
the only one starting secondary school!!!
IF YOUR CHILD DOES EXPERIENCE
DIFFICULTIES, CONTACT THE SCHOOL
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  • This Presentation is largely based on the research in a book called Moving Up! It is referred to in my reference at the end of the presentation. In it research was done in Irish post primary schools on how was the experience of moving from primary to post primary for the schools involved in the research, the students and the parents. An excellent resource.
    The images in the presentation were all sourced from google images.
  • This slide gives an overview of the content of the presentation. It is based on the 3Ps – Preparation, People and Programmes. It shows the various topic links to each of these key ingredients.
  • “Most students reported settling into post-primary school within the first week but for a quarter of the students it takes about a month. One in 6 students …take longer than a month to settle in and a few of them still do not feel settled by the end of the first year.”
    (Moving up- Smyth, Mc Coy and Darmody)
  • According to Smyth, McCoy and Darmody in their research the key factors in influencing how successful or not the transition from primary to post-primary will be for a student are :-
    Family Background
    Sense of Self
    Adolescent Development
    Interaction with Peers
    Interaction with Parents
    Bullying
  • Main adjustments
    “changes in the physical environment and school size, the number of teachers and subjects, the longer school day, the structured timetable, the way in which subjects are taught and the nature of rules and discipline.”
    (Moving Up- Smyth, McCoy and Darmody)
  • “There is a need for a planned, multi-faceted and long-term effort which involves parents, children and school staff.”
    (Moving Up- Smyth, McCoy and Darmody)
  • Entrance Examinations
    Aptitude Tests
    1st Saturday in February
    Verbal and Numerical Ability
    Reading Test
    Allows us identify students with specific learning difficulties
    Put necessary support structures in place
    School Tour- Leadership Committee
    Subject Choice
    Base Subjects (Exam)
    -Irish
    -English
    -Maths
    -French/German
    -History
    -Geography
    -Religion (exam subject)
    -CSPE
    Base Subjects (Non Exam)
    -Choir
    -Drama
    -P.E.
    -SPHE
    -Computers
    Option Subjects (Choose 3)
    -Technical Graphics
    -Home Economics
    -Science
    -Music
    -Spanish
    -Art
    -Business
    Sampling- Visits from Teachers to Primary Schools e.g. German
    Classes formed on basis of Music, German or Business.
    Uniforms and Books
    Book Lists
    Contact names and costs- uniforms
  • This provides a great opportunity for the 6th class students to meet with some of the personnel in the secondary school before their first day. It also gives them a flavour of some of the subjects they may take in post primary.
  • The Pastoral Care System/Team
    Principal
    Deputy Principal
    Chaplain
    Guidance Counsellor
    Year Head(s)
    Tutors
    Learning Support Teacher
    Mentors/Big Sister
    Representatives on the Student Council
    (some schools may have a Home-School Liasion Officer)
  • Programmes
    Induction Programme: helping students settle in on their first day.
    Study Skills Programme : Needs to take place soon after arrival- preferably in the first month.
    After Schools Programme of Activities
    Basketball Drama
    Justice/Peace Group Gaelic Football
    Morning Prayer Group Athletics
    Hockey Volley Ball
    Soccer Badminton
    Badminton Table Tennis
    Keep Fit
    Cool School Week : Anti- Bullying Programme which runs for a week. Also called Friendship Week.
    Mental Health Week : Positive Psychology
  • Induction Programme
    Handover- Primary Teachers to Secondary School- Speeches
    Meet Pastoral Care Team
    Rules Outlined
    Meet Mentors/Big Sister
    Tour- Orientation Game
    Tutors/Class Groups - Hopes and Fears
    - Find a Friend
    Subject Sample - 2 Subjects (x30 mins)
  • Study Skills Programme
    Meet each class in 1st month
    Expectations around homework and study
    Location
    Tips to help study
    Note Taking
    Organisation- Filing, Lockers,Study Timetable
  • People:
    Make new friends
    Seek advice/help if needed
    Contact your Big Sister
    Don’t pass on your fears
    Talk about your own experiences
    Preparation:
    Help choose subjects
    Be prepared the night before
    Eat and sleep well
    Get to know your timetable
    Encourage them to be aware
    Talk about how they plan to cope
    Programmes:
    Encourage participation in after schools activities
    Show an interest in her school life
  • Moving On Up - Primary to Secondary

    1. 1. “The transition from Primary to Post-Primary has been recognised as a crucial stage in young people’s schooling career.” (Moving Up- Smyth, McCoy and Darmody)
    2. 2. PUT SIMPLY Students are required to: Move from one education system to another, adjust their behaviour, develop new ways of thinking and enter into new social relationships (INTO 2008) Broadly speaking: Students experience better transition if they are prepared well and view the transition as an on-going process
    3. 3. WHICH SCHOOL TO CHOOSE??? Siblings attended !!! You attended !!!! Co-Ed V Single sex Its been there forever !!! Results, results and league tables !!! Extra-curricular achievements !!!
    4. 4. Choosing a school ???? …… Inclusiveness Ease of access / local !!! Cost !!! Perception and reputation !!!! “The only thing stronger that reality is perception”
    5. 5. Transition cycle Preparation Encounter Adjustment Stabilisation
    6. 6. Settling In Most Students A Quarter of Students One in 6 Some First Week A Month Longer than a month Not settled by end of year
    7. 7. Influencing Factors Family Peers Bullying Sense of Self
    8. 8. Coping mechanisms Enabling students to deal with problems they encounter, including managing time and negotiating conflict THERE IS A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COPING MECHANISNS AND SUPPORT
    9. 9. Main Adjustments Environment /Size Timetable Rules/Discipline Way subjects taught
    10. 10. A Recipe for Success Preparation People Programmes
    11. 11. c r an t En Unif or ons ati min a Ex e m s/ B o o ks Sub j Prim a and ry ect Cho ices ost P inks ry L a rim P
    12. 12. SUBJECT CHOICE ????? Look at your strengths: ~{ Are you good with your hands? ~{ Are you musical? ~{ Do you like drawing/painting? ~{ Are you neat and careful? ~{ Are you logical and methodical? ~{ Do you have a flair for language – reading, talking and writing?
    13. 13. Seven deadly sins of subject selection ……….. 1. “Only nerds do that Subject.” 2. “That’s just a subject for girls/boys.” 3. “None of my friends are doing that subject.” 4. “I’ll do that subject because it looks easy/like a doss.” 5. “Even though I really hate it, I’ll do that subject because I’ll need it to get into a particular course in college.” 6. “I’ll be made fun of if I choose that subject.” 7. “It will be too hard and I’m not good enough.”
    14. 14. Links Primary Post Primary Pastoral Care Team meet Primary Teachers Tutors/Year Heads meet 6th class Students Academic scores Open day / Induction day
    15. 15. People Pastoral Care System/Team Mentoring Parents
    16. 16. Student Mentors
    17. 17. Programmes Induction Programme Study Skills Programme After Schools Programme of Activities Tutor Programme
    18. 18. Induction Programme Handover Meet The Team Rules Tour Class Groups - Hopes and Fears - Find a Friend Subject Sample
    19. 19. Study Skills Expectations Tips to help study Note Taking Organisation
    20. 20. Tips for Parents Programmes Peop l e r ep P t ion ar a
    21. 21. Personal Experience ….. Worries New subjects……. Having all their stuff ……. Timetables ……. Rules …… Making friends ……. Bullying ……. Top of the school to bottom of the pile …. Looking cool !!!!! And all this at a time of big change ……….
    22. 22. And remind them……..that they are not the only one starting secondary school!!!
    23. 23. IF YOUR CHILD DOES EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES, CONTACT THE SCHOOL

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