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Primary - Secondary Transition

Discussion in 'Scotland - Primary' started by D.Attwell, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. I have had a few friends who have made the transition from secondary to primary and loved it!
    There are a few courses that you can do which can aide subject knowledge, but it's up to a head to take a chance on you really. I know languages are now very important in primary schools. My pals who made the switch were specialists in core subjects, I don't know if that helped them.
  2. Flyonthewall75

    Flyonthewall75 New commenter

    Although this may seem obvious, it helps if primary pupils are able to study the same modern language when they transfer to secondary. Usually this is the case but not always.
    Visit your associated primaries to get an idea of how much modern language teaching is actually happening. If only one primary teacher is qualified to teach the modern language in question and they leave, retire, get promoted or go on maternity leave, the whole primary language programme can grind to a hault.
    Assuming everything is running smoothly, get to know the pupils before they transfer to secondary so that they know what to expect. Although your own timetable may be tight, I'm sure even a few visits would be appreciated.
    All too often S1 is not seen as a priority in some secondaries, due in part to examination pressures, so 'hitting the ground running' is to be welcomed. Also, if you have witnessed P6 and 7 busy, and enjoying, learning a modern language, there is less excuse for a lack of application at S1.
    Good luck.

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