Charlotte Bagnall, MSc in Child Development alumna

Following on from my Undergraduate final year research project, where I evaluated the significance of parental, teacher and classmate support on transitioning students’ social and emotional adjustment, for my Masters dissertation I looked deeper into pre transition preparations. Specifically I evaluated the efficacy of a four week emotional centred primary-secondary school intervention on improving year six children’s emotional resilience and addressing secondary school concerns in preparation for the transition to secondary school.

This intervention was delivered across two time points over the transition year in five Staffordshire primary schools. Firstly in February/March and then later in June/July, when primary-secondary school preparations usually take place, in order to investigate the ‘optimal’ time for secondary school preparations.

Overall, pursuing a masters not only gave me time to critically reflect on what I want to do with my future, but skills, opportunities and insight into other very tantalising prospects which combine my two passions: psychological research and teaching, which in essence has helped me to get to where I am today.