Starting Secondary School campaign

Moving from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time of life but for many children it can also be a daunting prospect. A new, much bigger school can offer greater independence, such as the first smart phone, and a world of opportunity. However it also means new teachers, new subjects and potentially a whole new set of friends.

Starting Secondary School, a new campaign aimed at 11 and 12 year olds, their parents and teachers, will shine a light on the great potential of starting fresh in secondary school and also offer practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

Using the highly successful format of peer to peer advice, Starting Secondary School will partner with CBBC drama series Our School to get first-hand experience from children who have made the move and, not only survived, but thrived. There will also be practical tips for parents on how to best support their children.

On BBC Teach there will be bespoke classroom clips and resources, in partnership with YoungMinds that can be used as the start of discussions around transition. These can be used in the last year of primary or in the first year of secondary school.

The campaign launches on 20 May 2019 offering advice to children in their last few weeks of primary school and helping them through their first half-term in secondary school.

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