Primary School Training Courses

Starting school – effective transition workshops for pupils and parents

Who is this course suitable for?

Head teachers, Key Stage leaders, class teachers, nursery nurses and support staff.


Many parents/carers face a great deal of uncertainty when their child first starts school and schools themselves seek ways to reassure them and build up a partnership that will help the child’s learning.  This two-hour course offers schools the opportunity to develop an approach towards supporting transition into Reception, Y1 and Y3 that has a proven record of success in primary schools in Hertfordshire.


  • you will understand the relationship between parental engagement and school improvement, with raised achievement and expectations.
  • you will consider different approaches to running workshops and look at the relative benefits of each.
  • you will identify what key messages and learning you want parents/carers to take away in order to support learning in your setting
  • you will have the opportunity to reflect with others what would be practical in your setting and develop an action plan to inform development

Some of the schools have adopted the name ‘Building Blocks’ to describe their transition sessions, as is reflected on the comments below from some of those who have benefited from our training.

She has helped to explain so that we have better understood what we can do to help support our families – explaining how we can support parents to support their children and how this could impact on both the school and the community” Head Teacher

As a parent I have been able to look/listen/take part in her learning process, which has helped me open discussions at home and be more of a help to her in terms of reading, spelling, numbers etc” Parent

Spending time with Hafsah in the school environment and seeing her learn has been so valuable.  Also, her willingness to spend her mornings with her dad and looking forward to every Tuesday  – she wishes every day was Building Blocks day!” Parent

Building Blocks has had a huge impact in enabling the smooth transition of our Reception children and parents.  Transition cluster groups were established with other schools where we could present and share how we ran our programmes and evaluate the overall impact” Teacher


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