Year 7 transition

Year 7 transition

Teachers of Junior Secondary students require a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience to ensure that the learning and wellbeing needs of students are met.

To assist teachers making the transition to Junior Secondary, the department has developed the Getting ready to teach in Junior Secondary online module. The module unpacks the six guiding principles as outlined in the Junior Secondary agenda.

The six guiding principles are:

1. Distinct identity
Junior Secondary students will be encouraged and supported to develop their own group identity within the wider high school. This can involve dedicated school areas and events.

2. Quality teaching
Teachers working with students in the Junior Secondary years will be given the skills they need through additional professional development, so they can support young teens through these crucial early high school years.

3. Student wellbeing
We will meet the social and emotional needs of Junior Secondary students with a strong focus on pastoral care. For example, schools could provide a home room to support students as they adjust to new routines and greater academic demands.

4. Parent and community involvement
We want parents to stay connected with their students' learning when they enter high school. Parent involvement in assemblies, special events, award ceremonies and leadership presentations will be welcomed.

5. Leadership
Schools will be encouraged to create leadership roles for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Dedicated teachers experienced with teaching young adolescents will lead Junior Secondary supported by the principal and administration team.

6. Local decision-making
The needs of each school community will influence how Junior Secondary is implemented in each school.

These principles provide a strong foundation to help school communities develop appropriate strategies, practices and processes to engage students in Junior Secondary and improve outcomes for your students.

Moving Year 7 is a significant reform that will benefit students at all Queensland schools while providing new career opportunities for existing state school teachers and aspiring teachers.

More information is available from the Queensland Government's A Flying Start for Queensland Children website or the Make a Difference. Teach website.


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Last updated
01 February 2018