Primary to Secondary School Transitions; Influences & Effects

Emma Buchan

Abstract
This briefing will examine how periods of transition are interwoven with a young person’s wellbeing, education and exposure to social deprivation.
Keywords
Children and young people, education, inclusion, inequality, transition, wellbeing
Key Points
  • The transition from primary to secondary school can be a stressful time for young people.
  • Getting It Right for Every Child is the Scottish Government approach aiming to improve and maintain the wellbeing of children and young people. Its eight indicators of wellbeing should be acknowledged when helping children through periods of transition.
  • Poverty, education and anti-social behaviour are inextricably linked. ‘At risk’ children living in areas of social deprivation should be targeted for early intervention.
  • Further research into the transition from primary to secondary school, including the years S1 to S2, is required.