Aline-Wendy will draw from her longitudinal study to talk about what counts as a “good” transition to school, and its impact on longer term wellbeing and attainment. Children’s trajectories through life are launched very early and whether positive or negative, they remain very stable after the first two years of school: beginning school is a distinctive life-course transition. It is also a transition for families and for the practitioners who work with them, and is a real opportunity to give children the best possible start. Given there is lower wellbeing and persistent under-achievement in Scottish school leaving populations, transition to school remains a site for policy change.
Aline-Wendy Dunlop is Emeritus Professor in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. In this role, she has chosen to focus her current research and writing interests on educational transitions, children’s learning journeys, family engagement in education and practitioner identities, beliefs and practices. She is the Project Coordinator for the Scottish Transitions as a Tool for Change Project and has recently completed the write up of ‘Narratives of Educational Transitions: A Longitudinal Study 3-
18’. Aline-Wendy is a Vice-President of Early Education and currently also one of the Scottish Trustees.