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#802 Primary/Secondary Interschool Visits (Year 6-7 Transition)

Emma van Deventer, Norwich Opportunity Area Transition Project Manager

What did we do?

Every Norwich Opportunity Area (NOA) secondary school was asked to arrange a day to invite primary school teachers into their school and observe Y7 lessons. The lessons had to include maths and English and at least one other subject. The teachers then had lunch and reflected and discussed what they had seen with the relevant secondary staff for around an hour. The primary schools then reciprocated and invited secondary school teachers to their schools for a visit, Y6 lesson observations and discussion. All participants received cover and costs for refreshments.

All participating staff agreed it was one of the best things they have ever done in the NOA transition programme. They were fascinated to visit schools they had only heard about previously despite these being their main feeder schools, or schools they mainly sent children to. Overall, secondaries were surprised at the level of subject knowledge being taught in primary schools, and primaries were surprised by the different culture around behaviour in secondary schools.

Emma van Deventer, Norwich Opportunity Area Transition Project Manager

Summary of impact

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, especially with regards to how much they had learnt from the visits. Following the visits participants were invited to a meeting and the key outcomes were discussed. This in turn led to a curriculum bridging project in both English and Maths and the proposal for more in science, and over the language of behaviour. Some teachers immediately changed how they prepared their Y6 for their new schools in light of their observations.

Steps taken

All secondary schools were asked to choose a suitable day and a contact/lead to manage the visit and visitors. All the dates offered by secondary schools were listed and sent to primary schools by the NOA project manager so they could select the ones they wanted to attend. All primaries were asked to propose the staff they were sending and let the project manager know who they were and their contact details, which were then shared with the lead at the secondary school. The lead then sent them all the relevant information about the event and timetable etc directly. This was then repeated for the primary schools hosting the secondary schools.

What would we do differently

It would have been better if we had asked the primary schools for their dates at the same time as the secondary schools. The idea for the secondary schools to host too came a little later and was therefore a bit rushed. It would have been better if all the secondary schools had taken up the primary school offers and sent more staff to each- not all primary schools had a secondary school visit them and not all secondary schools sent subject specific people to the primary schools. This was a bit of a wasted opportunity when paid cover was being offered to schools but this was possibly the result of primary visits not being planned with the same amount of lead in time.


Refreshments for parents and their children at the event. Teacher cover costs.

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