Tip sheet and planner: primary to secondary school

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Print this page as a planner for the different stages in moving from primary to secondary school.

Visit the Learning Together section Education planning for your child for much more information about planning and supporting your child’s transition from primary to secondary school. Visit the section Choosing a school for more on school options and enrolment processes.

You can download this information as a Word document here:
Tip sheet and planner – primary to secondary schooL (DOC 41KB)

Grade 5 and before

  • Start talking to friends, neighbours and other networks about school options.
  • Go to secondary school information evenings, open days, tours and meet with principals.
  • Look at school websites and find out about different schools.
  • Read DET Transition to Secondary School Handbook

Grade 6 – Term 1

  • Revisit the schools you are interested in and meet with principals again if necessary.
  • Once you have narrowed down your choices, take your child for a visit to the school.
  • Make a final decision on your preferred secondary school.
  • Your child’s primary school will commence the Year 6–7 Review for students on Levels 1–4 of the Program for Students with Disabilities (students on Levels 5 and 6 are exempt from the Year 6–7 Review). Find out if any specialist appointments or assessments need to be booked for the Year 6–7 Review, through DET or privately. Although the Year 6–7 Review is not required for students on Levels 5 and 6, detailed transition planning should still occur.
  • Commence transition discussions at the Student Support Group meeting.

Grade 6 – Term 2

  • Fill in the preference form provided by the primary school (for enrolment into government mainstream or specialist secondary schools).
  • Your child’s primary school will complete the Year 6–7 Review for students on Levels 1–4 of the Program for Students with Disabilities. Reviews are due in May. Relevant staff from the secondary school should be invited to the Application Student Support Group meeting.
  • New applications for the Program for Students with Disabilities must be submitted in July.

Grade 6 – Term 3

  • If you submitted preference forms for government secondary schools, you will be advised by the primary school which school has offered a place to your child.
  • Your child’s primary school should convene a Student Support Group meeting with relevant staff from the secondary school to plan for the transition and other needs.
  • Your child’s primary school may consider preparing a transition statement, a summary of important information about your child that can be given to the secondary school to assist them in planning appropriate supports for your child.
  • Your primary school should be notified of the outcome of the Year 6–7 Review.

Grade 6 – Term 4

  • Enrol your child into secondary school.
  • Plan and prepare for orientation day.
  • Request an extended orientation for your child and meet teachers.
  • Request a Student Support Group meeting for Term 1 of Year 7.
  • The primary school should work with your child on the transition program activities.
  • The primary school may consider additional strategies to prepare your child for transition, such as social stories, if this is known to be helpful.
  • Practice the transport route during the school holidays if your child will be taking public transport.
  • Together with your child, consider other strategies to prepare for secondary school, such as becoming familiar with the school timetable and map of classrooms.

Year 7 – Term 1

  • If attending a mainstream school, consider asking for your child to attend school for a short time the day before other Year 7 students start, to bring books, locate their locker, bathrooms, Home room, and to meet teachers.
  • Confirm the date for the Student Support Group meeting to be held in Term 1.
  • Participate in the Student Support Group meeting to develop an Individual Learning Plan and monitor how your child is settling in.

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