Strand 3: Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

Strand 3: Transition between KS2 and KS3

Some of the quotes of research and other information about transition to high school, shared by Ed Wilkinson at the launch meeting:

5.1 million adults in the UK are described as being "functionally illiterate".  They have the literacy skills of an average 11 year old.


Continuity of curriculum suffers on transition.  Few secondary schools have sustained linking arrangements focused on the learning progression of individual pupils.


Consequences for educational attainment and well-being: The potential importance of the primary-secondary transition is greatly increased because of the impact it may have on educational attainment.


Children who grow up in areas with the poorest literacy are likely to live much shorter lives than their peers, a study suggests.  Research argues that there is a "staggering" gap in life expectancy between those living in communities at the highest and lowest risk of literacy problems.  National Literacy Trust.


Our efforts to improve the reading and writing skills of children from the poorest communities strike at the heart of inequalities that shorten life expectancy.  "If we are to truly transform the life chances of the nation's most disadvantaged children, we must tackle low literacy one community at a time."


The gap in life expectancy between those in areas of good and poor literacy can be as big as 26 years.


Poor readers as adults are much less likely to be in employment than better readers.  If they are in employment it is likely to be low-paid.