By @LongfellaPoet – Inspirational Transition Poem Supports Pupils Heading to High School

A powerful poem to help pupils through the transition process to secondary school

Check this great free YouTube resource for teachers and parents to support Year 6 pupils as they make the step up to Year 7 and High School.

Written and performed by professional poet Tony Walsh, the poem can be heard on YouTube:

Tony Walsh is a Manchester-based professional poet for adults, teenagers and children. Also known as Longfella, he was the official Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival in 2011 and has featured on BBC1, BBC2,, Radio 2, Radio 4, 5Live, 6Music, XFM, Sky tv, etc. Tony leads acclaimed workshops for pupils of all ages around the UK and is represented by Authors Abroad with an online profile for his education work at:  His powerful and popular poem “A Girl, Like, Y’Know” is to be featured in the 2015 Cambridge University Press AQA English A level text book.

Speaking about “New Beginnings”, Tony told us,

“making the step up to ‘Big School’ can be daunting for many children and so it’s important that the process is fully supported.  My poem opens up a conversation about a child’s support needs, but also aims to inspire them to make the very best of the opportunities opening up for them.  It has featured in The Guardian Teacher blog, been shared by the DfE on Facebook and Twitter, and been used by many teachers in schools of all kinds – for Years 6 and 7 but in other settings too. Do please feel free to use it in lessons and assemblies and I hope that you find it to be useful.  Good luck to all the children who will be changing schools this year.”

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