‘MY PASSPORT’A resource to support Service Children’s adaptation to a new schoolCharlotte Bradshaw Emily FranceSenior Transfer Support Assistant Psychology AssistantTransfer Support Team Educational Psychology ServiceTST@buckscc.gov.uk2012
Structure• What is ‘My Passport’• Why we developed this resource• Looking at the resource• Evaluations• Questions
Transfer Support Team• The Transfer Support Team (TST) service started in 2003• The service aims to target pupils in Year 6 who are described as being vulnerable and/or anxious to change in Year 6 through to Year 7• To ensure that children feel fully included in their new secondary school
Development of the Passport• Charlotte Bradshaw: Senior Transfer Support Advisor• Robert Beadel: Senior Educational Psychologist• Sophie Adams: Psychology Assistant• Support from Sue Scrimshaw, Joy O’Neil Pauline Cross and Caroline Allen from Halton School
Learning Objectives of the Passport• For the new pupil to quickly feel settled and valued• For the school to learn about the child• It is a resource for staff to help primary pupils to settle quickly into their new school environment
Common fearsHomework Fitting inStarting new lessons Making new friendsBullying Losing old friendsGetting lost New TeachersDifferent rules Being the new personDifferent expectations Break timesKnowing where equipment is kept LunchHarder work AssemblyWhat to do if ill Getting to schoolNot having enough help with work Tests and examsDifferent ways of learning
Structure of Passport• 6 ‘Units’ which each address a different aspect of adaptation• The first is designed to be completed by the child at home before they arrive, the following four units during the first week of school and the sixth unit is a review to be completed with the child at the end of week two.
Please remember…‘My Passport’ should be used as adiscussion tool not a workbook.
Evaluation• Initial success of project• Evaluation of levels of worry• Decrease is faster and steeper• Most improved variables• Progress of individual in new environment
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Comments from children“When I moved school before and I havedone lots of times – everyone was sobusy that I felt very lost and didn’t enjoy itmuch. It wasn’t like that here. I wasgiven time every day to talk about allsorts of things. I feel much moreconfident this time”.Year 6 pupil
Comments from children“When I arrived at school I was reallyworried about how different things wouldbe. Mrs A spent time with me and I feltconfident enough to ask about things Iwas worried about. Mrs A also told meabout some things other children hadworried about in the past. It was good toknow it wasn’t just me”Year 5 pupil
Message from Halton School• The Passport is a wonderful tool for sharing both personal and general information about the children and the school……• The Passport should be used as a tool to encourage and support conversation about each child’s educational journey and not just a means of ‘ticking a transistion tool box’.
My Passport• The resource is available to purchase and take away today for £25.