Primary–secondary transition

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In Scotland the transition between primary school and secondary school has traditionally been a major landmark in a child’s life. Between 11 and 12 years of age the majority of Scottish children experience this transition which requires a physical move to a new school environment where new people, new expectations and new practices all have to be negotiated. The move from primary to secondary school has also meant a challenge for educators who have debated a range of issues consistently across a number of generations. The primary-secondary transition might be considered to be the missing jigsaw piece in the school curriculum. This chapter looks at this key stage in a learner’s education as both a social transition and an academic transition and will highlight recurring issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScottish Education
Subtitle of host publicationReferendum
EditorsT.G.K. Bryce, W.M. Humes, D. Gillies, A. Kennedy
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780748645824
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • primary school
  • secondary school
  • curriculum change


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