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Moving On Up

As the end of the summer holidays draws ever closer, for some youngsters it's time to move from the familiar surroundings of their primary school to the new, and often scary 'big school'.

Most 11 year-olds in the Borough will know which secondary school they will be attending in September but it can still be a worry, which is why South Tyneside Council and the Department of Transport have produced a magazine to help.

Entitled 'Making Choices', the magazine aims to help children with the transition from primary to secondary school by giving help and advice on getting to and from school premises easily and safely.

Packed with games, quizzes and stories, the colourful magazine is full of advice on different ways to get to school - by bike, public transport or walking for example - and how youngsters can plan ahead to stay as safe as possible.

Councillor Peter Boyack, Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: "The move from primary school to secondary school is a major step for children and making the transition as easy as possible is important. This magazine goes some way towards helping year 6 pupils make important decisions safely and wisely and hopefully it will also entertain them at the same time."

The magazine has been distributed to 1,956 primary school leavers in South Shields and in conjunction with this, pupils are also being taught cycling proficiency in schools across the Borough with over 1000 having completed the course so far.

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