Supporting transition from a distance

#UKEdChat session 498 – Context: This #UKEdChat Session took place during the COVID-19 global pandemic, with many schools forced to close for prolonged periods.

Transitioning, like any big changes in life, can be daunting. This is especially true when everything is in flux and unknown, with teachers and pupils not knowing if they will see each other before the next academic year.

The coronavirus means that many teachers are currently in ‘firefighting’ mode and just getting the hang of teaching remotely to deliver something approaching a normal learning experience. Something like transitioning may be far from many educators’ minds (which is in line with our Twitter poll), yet it is vitally important like many Governments are trying to ensure there is a smooth re-start to the economy after lockdown, schools need to think about how they will begin school-based learning again. Read School transition during a Pandemic and comment.

In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 9th April 2020 at 8pm (UK) we discussed how schools can prepare learners for their next stage of learning from afar, what preparation and expectations schools should have for the next academic year, and how to make moving from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible.


  1. How much transition preparation have you or your school done thus far?
  2. Presuming school remain closed until the next academic year, how should primary and secondary teachers communicate and coordinate?
  3. How can the new intake for (a) primary and (b) secondary be prepared remotely to ‘hit the ground running’ in the next academic year.
  4. How can technology be used to familiarise pupils with their new school and teachers?
  5. How should teachers organise a handover remotely, and what particular challenges will there be?
  6. How can schools work with parents remotely to ensure a smooth transition for the next academic year?
  7. What does the lack of formal test and exam results mean for transition?
  8. Do you think that transition under lockdown change the way your school will help pupils transition in future years? How?

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