Starting Secondary School - About the campaign

Watch the trailer for BBC Bitesize's Starting Secondary School campaign.

Moving from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time of life but for many children it can also be a daunting prospect. A new, much bigger school can offer greater independence, such as the first smart phone, and a world of opportunity. However it also means new teachers, new subjects and potentially a whole new set of friends.

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

Using the highly successful format of peer to peer advice, 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.

There are also tips for parents on how to best support their children emotionally and practically, as well as expert advice on topics such as bullying and online safety.

On BBC Teach there are bespoke classroom clips and resources, in partnership with YoungMinds, that can be used as the start of discussions around transition as well as case studies of schools from across the UK that have particularly successful transition projects.

Favourite thing about secondary school
Rise Above transition to secondary school resources
Starting Secondary School homepage