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Moving up! The transition to secondary school

This animation and accompanying teacher toolkit is aimed at supporting pupils who have recently started Year 7, or are due to start soon.

They were developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and mental health experts. The animation aims to support pupils to:

  • identify potential worries associated with starting secondary school

  • know they're not alone if they are feeling worried 

  • talk to a trusted adult or friend if they have any concerns

  • identify solutions and strategies for looking after their mental health, including self-care.

Moving up! The transition to secondary school animation

An animation aimed to help Year 6 and 7 pupils feel more confident, less anxious and better equipped to cope with the changes associated with moving to secondary school.

  • Download the resources

    Download the full teacher toolkit.


The Teacher Toolkit for school staff to use alongside the above animation includes:

  • a Lesson Plan and various lesson activities

  • an Assembly Plan and PowerPoint slide show

  • a list of helpful resources

  • a copy of the animation script

  • a blank signposting poster for you to print and use in school.