Transition and Change

To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.

Resilience empowers the individual to understand how feelings and emotions are affected and can be managed at changing, challenging or difficult times

Students need to learn about the feelings and common anxieties pupils face when starting Key Stage 3/moving to secondary school and ways of managing these feelings.

They should be able to

  • identify feelings people might experience when starting a new school / moving to secondary school (KS3)
  • recognise common causes of worry, challenges and opportunities that may be part of this transition
  • identify and evaluate the usefulness and reliability of different sources of support and information available and  how to access them
  • identify ways to positively manage the move to KS3

By attending the Transitions Day offered by Secondary School, students can assess the layout of the school, meet their future Form tutor and hopefully feel more prepared for the changes in their future environment. Some schools will offer lessons as part of the day, or a sports event and will ask older students to participate in the days on offer. The Year 6 students may feel more comfortable to talk to students about any concerns they may have, rather than a teacher.

Managing Change

Some examples of expected changes might be puberty, exams, homework, new teachers, new timetable. Some examples of unexpected changes might be new relationships, friendships either starting or ending, the separation of parents, moving home, losing jobs or starting work, etc.

  • Describe what can impact on mental health (life events and circumstances) and how mental wellbeing can be affected.
  • Recognise conflicting emotions and when these might be experienced.
  • Explain how feelings and emotions change over time.
  • Identify positive actions to support mental wellbeing during difficult times, including identifying their personal support network.

Source – PSHE Association

  • Identify changes and transitions that can take place during adolescence.
  • Describe the impact that change can have.
  • Explain different ways of managing change and where to seek support.

Source – PSHE Association