Students’ wellbeing during the primary-secondary school transition and transition practices - A literature review
Commissioner for Children and Young People WA
School of Education
The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief literature review of students’ wellbeing during the transition from primary to secondary school and best transition practices to support wellbeing during this process. Commissioned by the Commissioner for Children and Young People of Western Australia, students’ wellbeing was examined in association with peer relationships, teacher-student relationships, school belonging, parental relationships and expectations, and academic stress. An additional focus was to identify any programs addressing the needs and issues surrounding the documented vulnerability experienced by female students during and post primary-secondary school transition. The review examined international and Australian literature and narrowed the scope of the literature to primary-secondary school transitions in mainstream education in Australian settings and other settings with similar schooling systems. The literature review addressed the following questions: 1. What are impacts of the primary-secondary school transition on students’ wellbeing in general and gender-specific wellbeing in particular? 2. What are best practice approaches to assist male and female students with transitioning from primary to secondary school and support their wellbeing? 3. What are the guiding principles for primary-secondary school transition practices?
Hoang, D.T.N., & Johnson, N. (2022). Students’ wellbeing during the primary-secondary school transition and transition practices - A literature review. Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/media/4899/student-school-transition-literature-review-final-report.pdf