The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

On 27 October 2018, the Australian Government released the reports, Student Wellbeing, Engagement and Learning across the Middle Years and The Effects on Schooling Outcomes of Early Developmental Vulnerabilities in Children, prepared by The Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute. These reports following the experiences of students in the middle years of schooling (Years 3 to 7).

The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS) is undertaken by the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI).

CATS has tracked around 1200 school children in metropolitan Victoria since Year 3 to collect annual information on their mental and physical health, bullying, school engagement and transitions, along with their learning outcomes.

The researchers found that experiences of mental health issues, bullying and school disengagement in are common among primary school students, with significant impacts on learning through primary school and the transition to high school.

The Effects on Schooling Outcomes of Early Developmental Vulnerabilities in Children found that the Australian Government's Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) measure of developmental vulnerability in children's first year of full-time school is a strong, but not definitive, predictor of both learning loss and of students developing mental health and wellbeing issues and experiencing learning loss later in primary school.