Student wellbeing

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Year 6 - 7 transition impact on student health and wellbeing

The engagement of students in their learning and development, including attendance and participation in school activities, is a strong predictor of their academic outcomes. A student’s physical and emotional wellbeing and their sense of belonging and connectedness to school will impact on their engagement and are similarly critical indicators of future success.

The transition from Year 6-7 is both a social and academic turning point for adolescents which can impact on both their engagement in learning and their wellbeing. 

For students, the move from primary school to a more challenging environment with new procedures, new types of learning activities and new peer relationships can lead to them feeling vulnerable and potentially dis-engaged.

While many of the activities described in the transition and orientation activities section can help minimise negative impacts on engagement and wellbeing, assisting students to develop resilience will also assist them to make a successful transition from primary to secondary schooling. For more information, see:

Student Transition and Resilience Training (START)

The Student Transition and Resilience Training (START) resource has been specifically redesigned in partnership with clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller to enhance the ability of schools to enhance the capacity of schools to build student’s resilience during their transition from primary to secondary school.

START is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum Foundation-10, and complements both the Department’s Building Resilience model and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) materials, which are for use with students across all years of schooling from Prep-12. 

The resources incorporate the latest evidence on adolescent learning and development, key predictors of positive resilience in young people, students’ learning and wellbeing needs during the Year 6 to Year 7 transition period, and strategies to enhance students’ learning and resilience during their transition from primary to secondary school.

START Resources

START features a teacher resource and a student workbook, handouts and portfolio, which form a set of activities that can be tailored to students in either Year 6 or Year 7. 

The activities are intended to support students' ongoing reflection and personal development throughout their transition period, including students who may not have used the resource in Year 6.

Additional social and emotional learning (SEL) resources can be found at: 

Identifying vulnerable students

For some students the transition from primary to secondary school can be a time of particular vulnerability, and where there may be additional risk of their disengagement from school. This may include young people who are in out of home care; students and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, Koorie students and students with a disability.​