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Transition from primary to secondary school - impact on mental health

Ruth Tarrant

7th December 2015

Over the summer, researchers at the University of Cambridge published the findings of a study that they had carried out on the impact of the transition from primary school to secondary school on the mental heath of Year 7 learners. They found that whilst these 11/12 year olds reported consistent wellbeing outside of the school environment, their reports of wellbeing in school declined over the course of the academic year. Schools, they found, generally did a really effective job in the first half-term or term of helping youngsters with the move, but that the additional support and allowances for "transition" petered out after Christmas.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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