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Be Awesome, Go Big.

 This is a transition programme written to support the unique transition all year 6 students will experience this year. It is designed to be motivational, helpful and reassuring and to help young people feel valued, loved, encouraged and equipped for the journey ahead. The resources are based on bestselling children’s books You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed and Go Big: The secondary school survival guide by Matthew Burton.

Children do not need to have read either book to benefit from the programme. All resources are free and can be downloaded from The course kicks off with an inspirational video created especially for year 6 and there are nine sessions to work through over the course of the summer term.  There are also transition resources for parents to help you support your child navigate the start of this new journey.

A suggested timetable for completion is found below:


Week commencing



Watch the "welcome to year 6" video on the be awesome website

Complete session 1 "Being awesome" and session 2 "unlocking your mind"


Complete session 3 "Dare to take risks" and session 4 "Making the change"



Complete session 5 "Lost but not lost" and sessiom 6 "Bouncebackability"



Complete session 7 "What is normail anyway" and session 8 "Friendships and fallouts"



Complete session 9 "Living Well"




We would like to encourage Year 6 to share their work with us throughout the transition period. So, we are running a number of competitions:

Be awesome, go big competition – Entry deadline 1st September 2021

 (Please note Hatchette are running this as a national competition, their deadline is 6pm 1st July)

Write a book review about “You are awesome” or Go Big” OR write a letter to the authors, Matthew Syed and Matthew Burton explaining what you have learned from the “Be awesome, go big” sessions.

Booklet completion – All students who complete the accompanying booklet (either in the booklet or on pieces of paper/ in an exercise book) will receive a certificate of completion. The most reflective examples from each form will win a prize (judged by your new form tutor)

Email your entry to