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Hi Tech Transition

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Summary

The way two secondary schools are using ICT to take the trauma out of transition from primary and secondary teachers is the focus of this whole-school video on ICT learning.

Painsley Catholic College in Staffordshire uses video conferencing to ease primary pupils into the school. The Year 7 intake can be brought onto site and given the same lesson by the same teacher across five different classrooms.

The school aims to extend this video link into the primaries themselves to give them a greater taste of secondary education.

Fear of transition has been even greater at the King Edward VII High School in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The school, which has 2,000 pupils but a Year 7 intake of 100, has created a centre for lower years that features its own dedicated wireless network. This provides easy access to a website and portal dedicated to Year 7 pupils.

The new students visit for two days but are encouraged to log onto the portal from home for virtual tours of the classrooms and curriculum.

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