This course aims to provide those who are involved with Year 7 transition; English teachers or Literacy leads; with an overview of how to support students transitioning into a secondary curriculum. The course will cover how to utilise KS2 and baseline data to identify and target students not making expected progress; to design a challenging and robust curriculum for Year 7 and to employ teaching strategies to ease transition and support the learning of Year 7 students to accelerate progress. There will also be explorations into the challenges faced by students moving into Year 7 with regards adapting their literacy skills for secondary curriculum and whole school literacy initiatives to develop and enhance these skills across the curriculum.

This course can also be brought into your school, and tailored accordingly, if required.


  • Understand where pupils are coming from with their literacy skills and English knowledge
  • Understand and utilise teaching methods employed in the primary curriculum to ease learning
  • Understand how to effectively assess Yr7 pupils to identify starting points and needs
  • Understand how to utilise KS2 data to identify under performing students and develop a tailored
    intervention programme for ‘catch up’
  • Understand how to encourage a ‘reading for pleasure’ culture to capitalise on parent engagement from Primary into Secondary
  • Understand how to ease transition through literacy and vocabulary teaching
COURSE DATES Online Part 1 | Monday 21 June 2021
Online Part 2 | Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Whole school literacy leads
  • English head of department
  • KS3 English co-ordinator
  • Transition co-ordinators
  • KS3 English teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an in-school course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


4.30 – 6.30pm

Session 1: Identifying the Effects of Lock-Down on the KS2 to KS3 Transition 

Session 2: Key Challenge Areas

  • Lack of reading & writing
  • Lack of tactility
  • Reduced verbal reasoning
  • Reduced discussion

Session 3: Effective Strategies to Combat the Literacy Knowledge Gap

  • An overview of KS2 curriculum, SATs to identify starting points and establish high expectations
  • Addressing student needs in the curriculum without reinventing the wheel
  • Effective intervention and classroom QFT pedagogy
  • Whole school approaches to literacy issues
  • Vocabulary across the curriculum to ease transition
  • Sharing good practice
  • Harnessing data

Session 4: Fostering a love of Literacy

  • Parent engagement and literacy

Sarah Eggleton

is currently an Assistant Head Teacher & Head of English at secondary school in Manchester; holding whole school responsibility for Literacy, Metacognition, Teacher Development, Marking and Feedback. During lock-down Sarah was a presenter and content consultant on English for GCSE BBC Bitesize.