The progression of pupils from one stage or school to another; most notably, from primary to secondary school. It is recognized that the challenges this presents can prove stressful for many pupils, as it usually involves exchanging their position as an older child in a smaller school for that of a younger child in a much larger one. Moreover, pupils at this stage must often exchange the security of one teacher and one classroom for a system in which they will be taught by several different teachers every day, and expected to move from classroom to classroom in the process. To acknowledge and ease this difficult transition, schools may adopt a number of strategies, such as the provision by secondary schools of ‘taster’ visits for primary pupils so that they may familiarize themselves with the school they will soon be attending; and visits by secondary teachers to primary schools to introduce themselves to pupils who will shortly be making the transition. One of the arguments used in the Plowden Report in support of introducing middle schools was that they would ease the transition by introducing gradual change in the ‘middle years’ rather than the abrupt transplanting of pupils at 11. Transition applies to any stage of progression, including that from secondary school to further or higher education.