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Putting a Premium on smooth moves to and from secondary school

By guest bloggers Kerry Martin, Senior Research Manager and Tami McCrone, Research Director (Impact).

‘Parents’ greatest fears when their child starts secondary school are that they will be bullied or will not do well, rather than whether they will smoke, drink or use drugs, a survey has revealed. But their offspring’s number one concern is making the right sort of friends as they make the transition to their new environment, the same findings show.’ Continue reading


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How can FE colleges help young people make successful transitions at 14?

When I was presenting on this subject recently at the LSIS annual research conference one participant commented:

successful transitions can be achieved through effective relationships between key people in both organisations [colleges and schools]’ Continue reading