Supporting children in the Y6 to Y7 transition

Published: Wednesday May 24, 2023


blank notebook on a desk surrounded by new pensAndy, our Youth Connector for Cheltenham, offer some guidance for Y6 to Y7 transition.

SATs are finally over for Year 6, and thoughts turn to the move to secondary school. As children/youth workers, we have a great opportunity to provide continued support through this time which is pivotal  to how secondary school pans out, especially to share the hope that our Christian faith brings to these new opportunities and challenges.

Why not:

  • invite Y6 young people to youth activities before the start of Y7 (it’s a much easier time for them to get involved)
  • consider starting a community group which spans Y6–Y7 offering continued support and connection
  • discuss with primary school about support for current Y6 (supporting leavers’ event, end-of-year residential etc)
  • run a session or prayer zone in a primary school to support current Y6 (see more information on the Scripture Union website or contact Andy)
  • buy and distribute ‘It’s Your Move‘ books for Y6 pupils
  • put on a reward celebration for Y6
  • involve present secondary pupils in giving guidance to Y6
  • discuss with a local secondary school about how you can support them (transition days, mentoring anxious young people, support during first weeks)
  • offer summer activities focused on the transition to secondary school
  • and above all, pray!

Whatever you do, the perspective of ‘adventure’ is helpful. Yes, there will be challenges as young people move to secondary school but also great opportunities. Try to encourage an attitude of making a positive difference, rather than just keeping afloat. The hope, peace and courage which young people can find as they walk with Jesus will be so valuable.


Andy is our Youth Connector for CheltenhamAndy Macauly outside

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