The transition to primary school

Starting school is widely recognised as one of the most significant transitions individuals make, and is certainly one of the earliest.

For many children, the transition to school will be a positive experience. However, some students may find this transition difficult, and this could have lasting impacts on their educational outcomes.

Starting primary school is considered a significant event for both children and their families, and one that can have a considerable impact on a child’s later educational and social outcomes.

The transition to school literature review examines the existing literature on the transition to primary school from home and/or early childhood education and care. This encompasses a number of issues, including:

  • what constitutes a successful transition to school?
  • how school readiness is define and measured
  • what factors contribute to a positive transition and what factors can make this transition more challenging?
  • how the transition to school fits with learning frameworks and progressions.


The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) was created in 2012 and is the central point of education evidence within the NSW Department of Education, and Australia's first dedicated hub of education data and evaluation.

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