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from Primary to Post-primary


Transition from Primary to Post-primary

Moving Up: Supporting the Transition

Post-primary schools gather information about new students enrolling in first year in different ways. The student’s end-of-year 6th class report card is one source of this information.

How to request reports cards from primary schools

Following the confirmation of a student’s enrolment in a post-primary school, the post-primary school principal should send a written request for the student’s end-of-year 6th class report card to the primary school (DES circular letter 0025/2012).

Find out about the Education Passport materials that post-primary and primary schools may wish to use.

Interpreting report cards

End-of-year 6th class report cards help to:

  • Provide a rounded picture of a student’s progress at primary school
  • Identify learning strengths and needs, and to plan accordingly
  • Provide a reference point to track a student’s learning progress.

This guide information sheet (pdf) supports post-primary schools in the interpretation of the primary teachers’ judgements and standardised test scores included in students’ end-of-year 6th class report cards.

Developments for 2014/2015

From 2014/2015, all primary schools are required to use the Education Passport in line with the DES Circular 0045/2014.

A Special Educational Needs (SEN) Summary form to support the transfer of information about students with SEN will be added to the Education Passport. The SEN Summary form is subject to the introduction by the DES of a new SEN allocation model for schools. Schools should continue their local arrangements until the form is available.