Key stages explained
|Ages 3 to 5||Early years, foundation stage (reception)|
|Ages 5 to 7||Key stage 1 (year 1 and year 2)|
|Ages 7 to 11||Key stage 2 (years 3 to 6)|
|Ages 11 to 14||Key stage 3 (years 7 to 9)|
|Ages 14 to 16||Key stage 4 (year 10 and year 11)|
|Ages 16 to 18||Key stage 5 (sixth form) (post-16)|
Derby Virtual School works with children from foundation stage onwards. All transitions can be difficult for children in care, but the move from primary school to secondary school (from key stage 2 to key stage 3) can be especially daunting.
The Virtual School supports this transition and offers advice to schools about additional transition support for children in care.