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Transition to school: strengthening transition practices

Every school and community is unique and may or may not already have a transition strategy.

The Supporting successful transitions - school decision-making tool is a framework for reflection and action. It is designed to assist schools in strengthening their approach to transition and their selection of transition-to-school strategies. PDF Version Adobe PDF document / RTF Version Rich text format document

Snapshot of initial implementation in 2015

Across Queensland, schools and their communities have begun implementing the Supporting successful transitions: school-decision making tool. Read the Snapshot of initial implementation in 2015 for an example from each region PDF version Adobe PDF document3.5M | RTF version. Rich text format document127K

Adobe PDF document

Supporting successful transitions
- school decision-making tool

Adobe PDF document

Snapshot of the school
decision-making tool

Adobe PDF document

2015 snapshot of the
initial implementation

Using the Supporting successful transitions - school decision-making tool, schools can follow a four-step process to reflect, plan, act on and review their transition practice:

Step 1: Assess current transition practice

The reflecting-on-transition matrix (pages 11-13 of the school decision-making tool) is designed for schools to reflect on their current practices, and support approaches to strengthening transitions. The matrix describes a range of behaviours across three levels of decision-making (school-centred, consultative and collaborative) that inform a school's transition practices.

School reflections can be shared and collaboration can begin with transition partners, including early childhood services and families, to determine what is working well for children, areas for priority action and longer-term aspirational goals.

Step 2: Plan collaboratively to assess strategies based on data

Community data gives an overview of the strengths and needs of children in the area. Using available data, schools can collaborate with early childhood services, community agencies and stakeholders to identify specific priority actions for the school cohort.

The assembled evidence informs discussion between schools and transition partners to establish a shared view of children's strengths and needs, and identify opportunities and barriers to effective transitions.

Step 3: Develop and implement a transition plan

Schools determine the most effective way to implement identified strategies including refocusing procedures and practice, communicating change, and reviewing approaches to monitoring outcomes.

Publishing information about transition-to-school practices on the school website will inform families and community partners.

Step 4: Measure the effectiveness of your transition plan

By embedding the transition actions into school planning documents, schools accept accountability for delivering on identified strategies and the achievement of outcomes.

Schools may choose to report to the school community on the success of their transition strategies through ongoing monitoring and analysis of data. Schools can share transition strategies with their networks or partnership groups in the local area.

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This page was last reviewed on 16 Dec 2016


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Reflecting on current transition strategies

Watch Principal Bradley Clark discuss how Everton Park State School reflected on its transition practices, and strengthened partnerships and processes to improve children's transition to Prep.

Bradley Clark

Transcript of Principal Bradley Clark's video Rich text format document 95K

Building transition partnerships

Bradley Clark

Transcript of Principal Bradley Clark's video Rich text format document 93K

Research in strengthening transition practices

Watch leading Australian transitions researcher, Professor Bob Perry, discuss how schools might strengthen their partnerships and practices to improve a child's transition to Prep.

Bob Perry

Transcript of Professor Bob Perry's video Rich text format document 95K

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