Starting Secondary School with BBC Bitesize Communications Toolkit

Starting Secondary School, a new BBC Bitesize campaign aimed at 11 and 12 year olds, their teachers and parents, shines a light on the great potential of starting fresh in secondary school and also offer practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

In September 2019, 752,528 children will move up to secondary school across the UK. Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for many young people, but it can also be a daunting prospect. Research  shows that, for some young people, it can negatively affect their social, emotional and academic outcomes leading to less engagement, lower attainment, reduced confidence, increased anxiety, loneliness and behaviour issues. 
Starting Secondary School partners with CBBC documentary series Our School to get first-hand experience from children who have made the move and, not only survived, but thrived. There are also practical tips for parents on how to best support their children. The campaign offers support for children in their final term of primary school through to their first few months in secondary school.   
On BBC Teach there will also be bespoke classroom clips and resources, in partnership with YoungMinds, that can be used as the start of discussions around transition. These can be used in the last year of primary or in the first year of secondary school in lessons, assembly, group workshops or on an individual basis. 

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