Smoothing the transition

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By Sylvia Clements — Primary school teacher and freelance educational writer.

Sylvia Clements investigates how you can make the move from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 as smooth as possible for your children.

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Sustaining Children Progress at Year 3 by Christine Doddington, Julia Flutter and Jean Ruddock (Journal: Research in Education, Vol 61, May 1999, ISSN 0034-5237) can be obtained from the Faculty of Education, Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2PH.

As far back as the 1970s and 80s, national studies identified a dip in achievement by Year 3 children. Professor Christine Doddington of Cambridge University’s School of Education, led an investigation* into the reasons for that dip, and found that the Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 transition itself was a major contributory factor.

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