Move on up

Harry Potter Sorting Hat 

Harry’s heart gave a horrible jolt. a test? In front of the whole school? But he didn’t know any magic yet - what on earth would he have to do? He hadn’t expected something like this the moment they arrived. He looked around anxiously and saw that everyone else looked terrified too....


You remember it as if were yesterday, don’t you. We all do. Even future Wizards do. Indeed its perhaps our one collective, common and defining memory.


Your time to move on up...


Your first day at secondary school; the big school.


Maybe it was the smell of the disinfectant.


The rumours we’d all heard beforehand.


Or just the sense of anticipation; trepidation, even.


All potentially daunting, as we recall, when it happens in real time. And an experience later mirrored for those who are parents, as we relive the emotions for those we love and cherish most in our lives.


Fortunately, through great partnership working, most secondary primary schools have now established extended induction programmes designed to allay the fears which, perhaps for readers with longer memories, were not addressed by the single, cursory afternoon visit sometime in July.


Great. Progress.


But what about the immediate present, the now where in ‘learning lockdown’ this transition process may not be physically possible or, at best, severely truncated?


It’s of course going to challenge. But why not seize an opportunity?


That’s exactly what we have sought to do over the last few weeks. And we’re almost ready to go with virtual and dynamic transition platform, some two months prior to what in ‘normal’ times young people would experience as a set piece at school.


Here’s a sneak peak at the test stage…




What if then, for the next generation of students, it’s this extended learning experience that will be their abiding and wholly positive memory of the move on up to ‘big school’…