It has long been recognised that the experience of young people moving from one safe, familiar environment into the unknown can be traumatic.  Some young people will rise to this challenge whilst others will fall. Transition through the key stages can be supported by the setting up of a peer support or buddying programme to compliment existing practice in schools and colleges. 

Programmes can be developed to support transition through the key stages each being individually tailored to meet the needs of the school or college.  Examples of programmes that we have developed and delivered include:

  • Year 7 mentors buddying year 6 students who were likely to experience transition to high school problematic

  • Year 12 students from a cluster of schools trained to act as ambassadors and peer leaders to visit the primary feeders

  • Year 12 students supporting years 9 10 and 11 students aided progression to post 16 and  help with year 9 options

  • Entire 6th forms trained to support every year through a vertical tutoring/form system - each year group having a different focus

Course Details - maximum number of 50 students per session - can be delivered over 1 or 2 days

  • Role of the mentor
  • Empathy and listening skills
  • Confidentiality and boundaries
  • Strategies and ways of helping
  • Primary schools passport
  • Transition booklet for primary/options/post 16
  • Motivation and target setting
  • Next steps and launch

Objectives

  • To provide opportunities for older students to help and support those less experienced, confident and able
  • Provide smooth transition through the ket stages
  • Closer working relationships with primary and high schools
  • Develops confidence and responsibility in mentors and self belief and aspirations in mentees

 Outcomes

  • More students given opportunity for 1:1 support through transitional period
  • Contributes to the outcomes for Every Child Matters
  • Tailored 1:1 IAG for options and post 16 progression
  • Mentors gain new skills and can use as evidence for Duke of Edinburgh, ASDAN, UCAS applications
  • Creates a buddy system for new intake each year
  • Potential for whole school/college roll out
  • Evidence for Ofsted and SEF's, Healthy Schools and many others

'An excellent day.  The students have really enjoyed the training you provided.  The feedback has been so positive and they cant wait to get into the primary schools and buddy up with the year 6, soon to be year 7 mentees!'

Tina Kelly, South Craven Extended Schools Co-ordinator, South Craven