It may only be April, but many schools start planning for the new school year around this time of the year, to make sure that the move students undertake each September goes as smoothly as possible. That’s assuming that a global pandemic doesn’t get in the way of plans, and no pupils are likely to return to school for at least five months.
Intrigued by what schools are going to do this year (this article was written in April 2020, during the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic), we asked teachers what – if anything – their schools are doing in terms of planning for students’ transition to a new school, new classroom, or a new academic year that needs special attention.
Out of 138 individual votes, 57.2% confirmed that no thought has yet been given into how to support pupils, who are mostly being taught at home, transitioning to the next stage of their schooling. 15.2% of responses acknowledged that colleagues will soon be meeting to discuss plans or arrangements, whereas 18.8% admitted that plans have commenced. Some respondents were ahead of the game, with 8.7% declaring that plans are already in place. Impressive.
Clearly, our results do not show a split in terms of demographics, school stage (e.g primary, secondary, etc.) and are only indicative of an 18 hour period.
So, how are you planning your transition activities to prepare students for the next academic year of their lives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic? Please scroll down to share your best strategies in the comments section…