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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Starting primary school

Sue Dockett, Bob Perry

For many children the start to their school career is positive and exciting. For others it is challenging and disconcerting. For all children, it represents a change in their role, status and position within the community and a change in the experiences that are accessible to them. The families and educators involved in the transition to school also experience a mix of emotions as the move to school marks a change in the ways people connect with and relate to each other. By reconsidering what it means for everyone involved to be ‘ready’ to start school, many schools and their communities have enhanced their transition to school processes, to the benefit of all involved.


Subject Headings

Transitions in schooling
Primary education
Early childhood education