Transitioning to New School Years

Doncaster Council and partners are committed to ensuring high quality, supported transition for children and young people and their families who are embarking on a change of setting. The dedicated Doncaster Transition Team coordinate all key transition points.

These key transition points include:

  • Children transitioning into nursery
  • Children transitioning from nursery to reception
  • Children transitioning from Infant school (Year 2) to Junior school (Year 3)
  • Children transitioning to secondary school (Year 6 into Year 7)
  • Pupils transitioning from secondary to post-16 education

Children and young people take part in a number of transition focused activities coordinated by their school. These activities are designed to make the jump from one year group to another a little easier.

Examples of transition activities include:

  • Taster day with new class and teacher
  • Open days / evening 
  • Taster lessons 
  • Moving on guides

Due to Covid-19 and the impact that this has had on schools and young people, schools continue to work hard along side the councils Transition Team to find creative ways to support transition. 


Below, you will find specific transition information for each year group. The information detailed, the tips and guidance are designed to help you prepare your child for transition. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s transition, please contact your child’s school directly in the first instance, or alternatively, you can speak to a member of our dedicated Transition Team by contacting them at

Transition stages

Advice for children starting Nursery

Please download the following documents for information:

Transition in Early Years
Download (22KB - DOCX)
Starting Primary School
Download (2.45MB - PDF)


Advice for children transitioning from nursery to reception

Please download the following document for information:

School Readiness
Download (425KB - PDF)


Advice for children transitioning from Infant school (Year 2) to Junior school (Year 3)

All infant and secondary schools along with the council have worked together to consider how best to support families during these uncertain times and whether your child is moving to a new building on the same site as their infant school or moving to a completely separate junior school both you and they may be feeling nervous or have questions that you need answering.

Due to the current pandemic their move will look different this year but be reassured that both the council and your child’s school are working closely together so that your child has a comfortable move.


Advice for children transitioning from primary school (Year 6) to secondary school (Year 7)

Applying for a Secondary place in Doncaster 

When your child is in year 6 you will need to make an application for a secondary school. You must apply for a secondary school place by the 31st October in your child's year 6 year.

The national offer date for secondary school places is the 1st March of your child's Year 6 Year. 

For further information on how to apply for a secondary school place, and to find all information relating to all Doncaster secondary schools and the application process please follow this link: Secondary School admissions 

Specific information about your child’s current school or the school they will be attending in September can be found on each school’s website

The Doncaster Transition Team

The team support every Year 6 child with their transition to their chosen secondary schools.

Every Year 6 child will receive the following transition support:

  • A 'Flying Start' Transition workbook delivered to their primary school
  • Supported, moderated access to an interactive Google classroom linked to your child's named secondary school (access provided via primary school)
  • Interactive resources within the Google classrooms including video tours of the secondary school
  • transition mindfulness activities

The Transition Team work with all Doncaster primary schools, to identify children who may benefit from additional transition support. The Transition Team facilitate specialist transition sessions via group work or on a one - to - one basis, offering a structured programme of support.

The Transition Team provide support to families who require help and advice when completing a school application. 

What transition support will my child receive from their secondary school?

All Doncaster secondary schools will provide transition during the same week of July each year, you will be notified of this by your child's current primary and/ or allocated secondary school.

Secondary schools may hold additional transition sessions towards the end of July and these will be communicated directly to families by the secondary schools. 

The Doncaster Transition Team is aware of all planned transition activities should you require any further information please contact the team.

If you would like to see how your child's information is used by the Transition Team you can access the Transition Team privacy notice.

Advice for young people moving from year 6 to year 7

Moving from primary or junior school to secondary school can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. We bet you have lots of questions; “How will I get there?”, “Who will my teachers be?”, “Will my friends be in my class?” We can’t answer all of these for you but we can give you some information to help your transition to secondary school.

What can I expect when moving from primary/junior school to secondary school?

In July, your secondary school will provide transition information and hold transition days to help you get used to your new school. You’ll find out about these days from your current school, or from your new secondary school.

You’ll also be provided with the universal transition offer at school by the Doncaster Transition Team. This team will provide your year 6 teachers with a range of resources  to support your transition to secondary school.  Everyone will receive the following transition support:

  • A 'Flying Start' Transition workbook
  • Access to a transition google classroom for your secondary school which will contain the following resources:
    • a video tour of your secondary school
    • .Breathe Transition mindfulness activities - .breathe aims to support you at key times of change this includes: Simple mindfulness practices and theory, learning about neuroscience, so how your brain works and how training specific parts of your brain can make us better at problem solving and separating our thoughts from emotions.
    • ‘This is Me’ Transition Curriculum activities – video of Year 6 students completing this to help you
    • Video talk trough’s on how to complete your ‘Flying Start’ transition workbook including in BSL
    • Video from year 7 students talking about their experience of transition and answering some of your questions that you gave us at the year 6 open evenings
    • The secondary school will have also provided some taster resources for you to complete

If you need extra transition support then this will be offered by the Transition Team. The team will provide specialist transition sessions through group work or on a 1:1 basis. These 3 sessions may include:

  • Work around being unique and individual ‘All about Me’
  • Looking at worries and anxiety around going to secondary school and what you want to achieve in the future
  • Coping with change – you will explore previous changes and learn skills to help you manage change 
What should I do if I’m worried about moving to secondary school?

It’s perfectly normal to be worried about moving to secondary school, you can talk about your worries with your parents/carers, another family member or somebody at your school, such as your teacher.

If you speak up about your concerns, your school or parents/carers could ask the Transition Team to work with you to support you with your transition and ease some of your worries. If your primary school or parents/carer feel that you need additional visits to your secondary school they will arrange these direct with the secondary school.  

How will I get to my new school?

There’s lots of different ways you could get to school; you may walk, take your bike, go in the car or use public transport. You should speak to your parents/carers about this and if you live quite far from your school and you’ll be travelling there on a bus then your parents may be able to apply for a Zero Fare Bus Pass for you. If you don’t meet the criteria for a Zero Fare Bus Pass then you should be eligible for a Zoom Under 16 Travel Pass or if you have a disability then you may be eligible for a Disabled Person’s Pass.

Contacting the Doncaster Transition Team

To contact the transition team for any support please email 

Please include your child's name and current school and include a contact number. This will allow us to respond to your query quickly.

Advice for young people transitioning from secondary school to post-16 education

Post-16 Choices in Doncaster
As you may know, young people who are leaving school at 16 are now required to stay in some form of education or learning up until (at least) their 18th birthday.

The post-16 options available to them include:

  • Full-time education (for example at a school, college or training provider)
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training combined with one of the following: employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week, or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

You can find out more about this on the Raising the Participation Age page.

Information on Post-16 Providers in Doncaster

If you are already planning on attending a post-16 education provider such as a sixth form, college or an apprenticeship, those providers will contact you to discuss your transition into your next steps, or alternatively we would recommend you contact them directly with any queries around transition.

Doncaster Post 16 Provider Information
Download (21KB - XLSX)

Tips and Guidance to Transitioning to Post-16 Education During the Corona Virus Pandemic

The impact of corona virus MAY affect your chosen route or post-16 education provider and it’s important that you or your family makes contact with them to check whether there may be any changes. Here are some further tips we encourage you and your family to take note of:

  • If you have an apprenticeship or traineeship organised for next year, it is strongly advised that you contact your provider/employer as soon as possible to confirm that your placement is going ahead and to confirm the arrangements for your studies
  • Make sure that you have a ‘back-up plan’ in place - for example, if your apprenticeship is no longer going ahead, make sure you contact your training provider to discuss another option or think about other routes into your chosen pathway, such as college. Where some ‘work-based’ training has been postponed due to the corona virus, training providers are currently working to offer alternative, interim training where possible. It is therefore strongly advised to contact your provider to discuss this and if necessary, arrange a back-up option.
  • If you are uncertain about next steps or your Post-16 destination, talk to your Careers Advisor at school at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • If you need further information, contact your school’s Careers Advisor in the first instance or alternatively, Doncaster Council's Participation and Transition Service on 01302 862150 (10am-4pm). More information about this service is available on the Participation and Transition Service webpage.

Further Information

For more information to help you make your decision, visit one of more of the following:

The Transition Team work with all schools to produce a Doncaster calendar for transition and this can be found in Downloads & Resources section of this page

SEND transitions

My child has been allocated Early Intervention Allowance (EIA) at their current setting, will this continue in their next setting or school?

The locality Area SENCO will work in partnership with you, your child’s current setting and the new setting or school to decide whether continuing Early Intervention Allowance would be beneficial for your child in their new setting/school.  The new setting/school is able to apply for ‘Continuation of Early Intervention Allowance’ if appropriate.  More information about this is available on the local offer

My child has been identified as possibly having a Special Educational Need and/or Disability.  The setting have referred to the Early Years Inclusion Team for support. What will this involve?

A locality Area SENCO will contact the setting/school to arrange an initial visit. During the visit the Area SENCO, will role model activities, strategies, provide recommendation to the practitioners, and agree an action plan for future support. The school/setting will inform you prior to any visits taking place and the outcome from the visits.

How will my child be supported to transition to their next setting or school?

Careful preparation and planning will be implemented to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities to ensure a smooth and robust transition to their new setting/school.

The locality Area SENCO in partnership with you, your child’s current setting, their new setting/school and any service partners such as Educational Psychology will arrange a transition meeting. This meeting will enable information sharing including current support and next steps thus ensuring that the new setting/school has everything in place to welcome your child, meet their needs and effectively promote their learning and development.

It helps children if parents:

  • Talk with them about what is going to happen
  • And/or use visual supports to sequence events, such as pictures of the school, playground, environment, staff and school uniform.
  • Encourage them to ask questions or share a social story
  • Encourage them to talk about any concerns they may have
  • Listen carefully to their concerns and consider sharing them with other relevant people
  • Help them to become familiar with the new school or setting, revisiting transition booklet.

My child has involvement of a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), what will happen when they transition into their future setting/school?

Speech and language services will continue to support your child in their future placement. It will be agreed with the Speech and Language Therapist whether their support will be a clinic appointment or within the child’s future placement, or in some circumstances both.

Will my child need support from an Educational Psychologist (EP)? Who are they and what do they do?

Educational Psychologists work with children, parents, schools, pre-school providers, other education settings and health and care agencies.  They apply the principles of the SEND Code of Practice to help improve outcomes for children and young people and to enable them to achieve the best they can in life. They promote the inclusion of all children and young people in the life of their school and in the local community.

My child is awaiting an Autism Assessment and at present attends an Early Years provision without any additional support. The future placement has said that my child will need support. How will this be provided and who provides it?

Your child’s future placement has a number of options with regard to funding. For example, requesting EIA if appropriate/High Needs funding, more information about this is available on the Local Offer.

My child is not toilet trained; will my child be able to start school?

Yes, your child can attend school, the Equality Act 2010 states that schools must not discriminate against or disadvantage disabled children or those with special educational needs. A delay in achieving continence - or not being toilet trained - is considered a disability.



Last updated: 02 September 2022 13:52:41