Matt Burton and Cerys Griffiths- Starting Secondary School – tips and resources for transitioning – PP228

Starting Secondary School with BBC Bitesize

This week we’re thrilled to welcome two guests to our podcast; Matt Burton, Headteacher at Thornhill Community Academy and Cerys Griffiths, Creative Director, BBC Education.

Matt is probably better known as ‘Mr Burton’ from the popular TV series Educating Yorkshire, who, inspired by watching ‘The King’s Speech’, helped pupil Musharaf Asghar with his speech and delivery.

Tara Elie caught up with Cerys and Matt to discuss transition and behaviour between leaving primary or secondary school, and the launch of BBC Bitesize’s ‘Starting Secondary School’ Campaign.

Starting Secondary School is a new BBC Bitesize campaign aimed at 10 to 12 year olds, their teachers and their parents. It shines a light on the great potential of starting fresh in secondary school and is packed full of practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

Watch the trailer video here

Starting Secondary School partners with CBBC documentary series ‘Our School’ to get first-hand experience from children who have made the move and, not only survived, but thrived. You can also find practical tips for parents on how to best support their children.

On BBC Teach you can find bespoke classroom clips and resources, created in partnership with YoungMinds, that can be used as the start of discussions around transition. These can be used in the last year of primary or in the first year of secondary school in lessons, assembly, group workshops or an individual basis.

You can access Starting Secondary School BBC Bitesize here:

You find content for teachers here:

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