Professional Development for Quality Teaching


First Days at Secondary

Published: Jul 2020
30 mins


The transition to secondary school is a milestone in young people's lives. This video for headteachers and teachers sees what the first days are like, whether they live up to expectations and how pupils feel by half term.

See the approach of three secondary schools in Brighton and Hove on the first day of term. Find out how they manage their new intake and ensure a positive experience, and how the children feel about the new timetables, being away from their friends and moving from classroom to classroom.

The video revisits the children at half term, observing parents' evenings and finding out if the move to secondary has lived up to expectations.

Expert advice is given by Professor Maurice Galton of Cambridge University and Professor Barbara McGilchrist from the Institute of Education.

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