Junior Pathfinder Pilot: An Inclusion as Prevention Test of Change

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The transition from primary to secondary schools is recognised as a crucial time for children's wellbeing and development. Research has found that psychological support and preparation during this time can alleviate some of the negative effects, particularly for children with additional support needs.
Strong links between parents/carers and schools has been shown to be vital for positive educational outcomes, particularly among more vulnerable children.
Preparing for this transition is standard practice within primary schools; all pupils are supported to prepare for this. However, there is a recognition that, for some children, additional focused work could be beneficial.
The Junior Pathfinder test was designed to be a six-month (amended to twelve-month) pilot programme based within two primary schools. Its aims were to help children feel more confident and prepared prior to the transition to secondary school, and to foster better relationships between families/carers and schools.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023


  • junior pathfinder
  • inclusion as prevention
  • young people
  • South Lanarkshire


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