Welcome to The George Eliot School.
This page has all the information and links as we send them out to Year 6 pupils who will be joining us at The George Eliot School in the Autumn Term.
Transition at the Midland Academies Trust
The Midland Academies Trust has a proactive approach to supporting all pupils through key transition stages.
The term ‘transition’ refers to the changes children and young people go through as they progress between different educational settings and move to employment or training.
Transition brings changes and often these can cause some anxiety for both parents and their children. Our approach focuses on three main transition points:
- Key Stage 2 -3 Primary to secondary school
- Key Stage 3- 4 Career Planning and subject choices at GCSE
- Key Stage 4-5 The move from school to FE College, 6th Form, apprenticeship/employment or work.
Moving from one school setting to another can be stressful and at the same time exciting. Our approach is designed to pre-empt possible issues and work to enable all our young people to make the necessary adjustments so that transition is a smooth process.
Key Stage 2 -3 Primary to secondary school
All our schools work in closely with their Primary Partner Schools to offer a variety of experiences to Key Stage 2 children. For some children in Year 4 and 5 the opportunity to visit their local secondary school can begin the bridging process. ‘Hands on’ activities and lessons involving children from Primary Schools working collaboratively with older pupils develops relationships and new skills. Our established programme called ‘Peek at a Morning’ runs throughout the school year and is often focused around Design Technology, Food Technology, Art and Design, Science and Physical Education. These are curriculum areas often requested by primary schools as they often lack the specialism or facilities in their own schools. We also involve external providers to support the activities and learning which makes the experiences memorable.
Our programme is varied and provides ‘hands on activities’ easing children into a new environment through activities that stimulate and develop their learning. We encourage activities that lead to a ‘take away’ so children take home something they have learnt of made during their visit.
For children joining one of the MAT schools we offer a three day induction ‘Advance to go’ an opportunity to come to school and experience new lessons and a new environment in the July of Year 6. This induction has been very successful at supporting children as they move from primary to secondary school and reduces the anxieties they have about joining a new school. New routines, new teachers, new classrooms and a new timetable are all explored in a friendly and supportive way as well as the advantage of making new friends before the start of the September term.
Key Stage 3- 4 Career Planning and subject choices at GCSE
In Year 9 pupils begin to select their GCSE subjects and are supported through individual and group sessions by experienced members of staff and qualified Careers Advisors. We believe in providing high quality information and encourage discussion around choices that are supported by local labour market information to enable pupils to feel confident in their choices.
Our planned programme of Careers Education is designed to enable pupils to explore the world of work and also future work as they consider a wide range of opportunities and employment. We encourage and invite into school for assemblies and events a wide range of local employers, FE colleges and apprenticeship providers to support decision making and give the pupils meaningful opportunities to ask questions and find out information. Our own careers programme covers many of the areas that often cause pupils concern, such as how to make choices? a look at local labour market information, the changing world of work and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Key Stage 4-5 The move from school to FE College, 6th Form, apprenticeship/employment or work
Leaving school for some pupils presents a wide range of new opportunities and for others may present some challenges. We aim to make all our pupils aware of all local opportunities as well as those available nationally. All our pupils receive one to one guidance interviews during Year 10 and 11 to help plan for a successful future and access career opportunities. We provide direct access to a range of Post 16 providers through events like ‘Your Future MATters’ which is designed to engage all our pupils with employers and providers supporting a positive destination.
All Midland Academies Trust Schools are committed to ensuring at all stages of their schooling the pupils in their care are supported and able to access all the opportunities available to them so they can fulfil their potential and have successful futures. Change is something that has to be planned for and with the right support in place can be exciting and something to look forward to. We hope our transition work which begins as early as Year 4 enables children to grow in confidence, anticipate changes ahead and above all take full advantage of all the opportunities on offer at a Midland Academies Trust School.
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