School Transition Clubs
Which children can attend a Transition Club?
ABC currently runs two school transition clubs for children who are worried, anxious or concerned about attending secondary school. Places are limited so each school identifies the children that it feels will benefit most from attending a Transition Group. We also encourage parents/carers to participate in a number of activity sessions with their children.
Who works with the children?
ABC staff and volunteers have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosing & Barring Service (DBS) and two reference checks. They have also completed training on safeguarding children & young people, health and safety and how to work effectively and safely with vulnerable children and young people. Many additional training opportunities are provided to progress the professional development of our staff and volunteer workforce.
When do the Transition Clubs run?
Each Transition Group involves the child attending one weekly two hour session over 46 weeks per year. The sessions currently run from 5 pm to 7 pm. Parents are responsible for bringing and collecting their child. Billingham South Community Primary School refers Year 6 pupils to Thursday Club and Northfield School & Sports College refers Year 7 & 8 pupils to Friday Club.
Who funds it?
Local schools fund the Transition Clubs. The service is free to the children and parents/carers accessing it. ABC has also received a Big Lottery Awards for All grant to support Thursday and Friday Transition Clubs.
Transition Clubs Activities
Children and young people who attend the Transition Club will be able to participate in a number of activities, resources and workshops that include:
- Circle Time/Friendship Groups
- School Journey Mapping
- Communication Workshops
- Educational Workshops
- Health & Wellbeing Workshops
- Fun/Participatory activities
- Social Action Projects
Involving children in decision making
ABC encourages children and young people to be involved in the planning, design and development of their own activities and workshops. This helps children and young people to be independent and make healthy lifestyle choices that help them to feel less anxious and worried about making a transition from primary to secondary school.
Children and young people will have an opportunity to work alongside their peers in a safe and supportive space that encourages them to work through their worries, fears and anxieties about attending secondary school. Trained peer mentors act as positive role models and are available to provide support and guidance.