ABC currently runs two school transition clubs – Thursday Club and Friday Club – in the ABC Centre for children and young people who are worried, anxious or concerned about the move from primary school to secondary school. Places are limited so each school identifies the children that it feels will benefit most from attending a transition group.
Who works with the children?
Each school transition club is staffed by three qualified therapists; supported by a number of adult volunteers and peer mentors. Currently ABC has 10 volunteer peer mentors who support the children, young people and its activities.
All 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.
Each child is assigned a key worker who is a qualified therapist to ensure they receive the support they need.
ABC’s school transition work is supported by trained peer mentors and volunteers who are using their own lived experiences to make a positive difference. This includes removing the barriers that stop children from making a successful transition from primary school 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, and other issues they may have. Trained peer mentors act as positive role models and are available to provide support and guidance. Very often children who have attended the transition clubs go on to become Peer Mentors as they know how beneficial the clubs have been for them and want other young people to benefit.
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 the 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:
- Fun/Participatory activities such as paintballing, ice-skating, visits to pantomimes etc.
- Restorative Circle Time/Friendship Groups
- School Journey Mapping
- Wellbeing & Mindfulness Workshops
- Communication Workshops
- Educational Workshops
- Health & Wellbeing Workshops
- 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.