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Year 7 to high school information for schools

Year 7 public school students will be taught in high school from term 1, 2022. 

This move brings opportunity for us to do things better at a system level. It supports our journey of continuous improvement and working towards delivering world-class education.

Year 7 to high school 2020 pilot

Wirreanda Secondary School, Mitcham Girls High School and John Pirie Secondary School are giving families the opportunity to register interest for their child to enter high school as a year 7 in 2020. 

This is part of a pilot that will provide early insights into workforce planning, funding arrangements, wellbeing, curriculum and transition processes between primary and high schools. These insights will provide information for the statewide transition move of year 7 to high school in 2022. 

Participation in the pilot is voluntary. Normal transition and enrolment processes will continue at all schools for current year 7s enrolling as year 8s next year.

Registrations of interest are now closed and the enrolment process is being finalised. 

Read more about the year 7 to high school pilot update

Pilot school recruitment 

Recruitment is underway to fill vacancies in the 3 schools piloting the move of year 7 to high school. There are opportunities for professional learning and funded release time. 

A custom recruitment process was developed to fill pilot-related positions. This allowed primary teachers to get the most out of these opportunities while minimising disruption to schools.

The insights from the pilot recruitment process will feed into the design process for the broader workforce recruitment, as we prepare for the statewide move.

Workforce planning

We will design a workforce strategy for teachers and support staff who want to switch from primary to secondary school when year 7 moves in 2022. 

This will be finalised and communicated in 2020. 

Professional learning 

A $13m package of professional learning for teachers and principals will help deliver full value from the move of year 7 to high school.

It includes funding for further tertiary qualifications for primary teachers moving to high school. It also includes professional learning for high school teachers to expand their knowledge in teaching and supporting early adolescents.

We will also consider the professional learning needs of School Services officers (SSOs) and other ancillary staff, to support a successful move. 

The professional learning will be modelled on successful programs delivered in Western Australia and Queensland, where they recently moved year 7 to high school. It will also be guided by feedback from our teaching workforce. 

Read more about the professional learning package.

Support resources

Schools will be supported with various resources throughout the move of year 7 to high school. 

Planning resources  

We are providing individual implementation plans for each high school that reflect local community needs. Primary schools will also be supported by a planning tool to help them adjust to the change. 

The plans will be in place by 2021 and will cover workforce planning, facilities and resource management and parent engagement. 

Teaching and learning guide 

A teaching and learning guide is being developed to give high schools direction on learning for early adolescents and to ensure the wellbeing of year 7s.  

We know students entering their teenage years experience neurological changes as their brain prepares for adolescence. Secondary teachers will explore new teaching methods focused on learning for early adolescents.

For more information see year 7 to high school – teachers and support staff.  


Year 7 to high school project team

Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au