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Next Steps

Next Steps supports young people to prepare for their transition to secondary school and think about the situations they might face and positive ways to deal with new experiences.

Age 11-12 is a time where change and transitioning can impact a young person’s life in a multitude of ways. Next Steps aims to address these challenges head-on and give young people a safe space to explore their worries through drama.

Participants learn to better express themselves, build their confidence and develop soft skills, such as effective communication, presentation, decision-making, taking responsibility and making a commitment.

They play an active role in having the ‘power to change’ negative outcomes in a safe environment, acting as observers and critical thinkers with their peers. Themes addressed in the sessions include bullying, online safety, friendships, identity and responsibilities.

How can my child/student get involved?

To express interest in a place in one of our Summer Schools, please contact Jen:

Call: 020 7709 8905
Email: jen@halfmoon.org.uk
Text: 07502 279 650

Summer Term After School Sessions

These take place at the following venues:

  • Mondays | 6 June-11 July at Half Moon (43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND)
  • Tuesdays | 7 June-12 July at Bow Community Hub (Jefferson Plaza, E3 3QB)
  • Wednesdays | 8 June-13 July at the Sundial Centre (11 Shipton Street, E2 7RU)
  • Thursdays | 9 June-14 July at Poplar Baths (170 East India Dock Road, E14 0ED)

All sessions are now full.

Transitions Summer Schools

These take place at Half Moon (43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND) on the following dates/times:

9.45am-12.45pm OR 1.15pm-4.15pm

  • Monday 1-Friday 5 August
  • Monday 8-Friday 12 August
  • Monday 15-Friday 19 August

Get in contact with Jen to express an interest in joining the Summer School.

During the uncertainty of the pandemic, work around transitions was critical. Unprecedented numbers of young people had missed large amounts of formal school. Perhaps most importantly, this year, Next Steps offers fun and engaging sessions, reconnecting young people in real life, offering structure for young people in a nurturing environment at this unprecedented time.

In the in 2020/2021 academic year, 151 young people attended from over 50 primary and secondary schools across Tower Hamlets.

Since 2018, 448 young people have taken part in Next Steps.

The Programme

Since 2018, Half Moon have delivered Next Steps, a drama-based transition programme, commissioned by Tower Hamlets Youth Service (THYS), for young people transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Half Moon engages with schools and external agencies throughout the borough to refer young people to the programme who are deemed at risk of disengagement and vulnerable through their transition.

Next Steps offers young people free after school sessions in the second half of their summer term of Year 6, a free week-long summer school and after school sessions in the first half of their autumn term of Year 7. The programme also offers one-to-one tailored support once young people are in Year 7.

Participants can move on to take part in our year-long After School Drama programme for Year 7s-Year 9s once their involvement in Next Steps has finished.

If you work in a school in Tower Hamlets, or you are a parent who would like to discuss this further, please contact Jen.

Call: 020 7709 8905
Email: jen@halfmoon.org.uk
Text: 07502 279 650

Download the Information Pack for Schools

In the News

Next Steps has featured in the Docklands and East London Advertiser. In our Community View column Head of Creative Learning Beccy explained how Half Moon wants to help young people as they make one of the most challenging transitions in their lives.

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Young People’s Comments

“[Next Steps] has helped me in secondary school. I had some Year 8s trying to bully me, but I have felt more confident about how to handle this. I know its best to talk to someone.”

“I have met people who I will be going to secondary school with. That’s really exciting.”

“I feel less stressed and happy.”

“I learnt about bullying and social media – I didn’t expect that.“

“It made me think about the way I talk to people.”

“I really enjoyed the session where we explored how our decisions and actions can have an impact on our future. I do not feel as nervous about some of the changes ahead.”

“I know how I can be more calm and make better decisions.”

Parents’ Comments

“X gained a lot of confidence and self-esteem from this programme. It’s a brilliant way to bring shy, unsure worried children out of their shell and battle any anxiety.”

“This has boosted X’s  confidence massively, and pushed her to speak up, make new friends and really brought out her character and helped her to look towards her future.”

“It’s allowed X to experience a version of what secondary school may be like socially. She has been exposed to the fact that she isn’t the only one with the same concerns of the unknown she has been talking about it and she feels she knows what to do now.”

“You inform! Thank you for moving forward X, and giving him much needed information to evolve.”

“X has been very reflective this week!

Teachers’ Comments

“The project has helped young people who found it difficult to speak up to express themselves with far more confidence!”
John Scurr Primary School

“This is such a great opportunity for year 6s to be able to express their anxieties and their hopes regarding secondary school…thank you very much for giving them then a chance to think about how they really feel and be able to express themselves in a creative way instead of a harming way.”
St Matthias Primary School

“The project was very affirming for the young people. At a time when they were saying goodbye to friends of seven years they realised that meeting new young people could be fun and that they would be able to make new friends in secondary school. The young people from our year 6 are going to 11 different schools so this project helped them prepare for the changes.”
Marion Richardson Primary School

“We have referred pupils to the Half Moon Next Steps programme as we have seen their workshops firsthand and seen the enjoyment and confidence that children gain in them. The workshops are tailored to address the fears and worries primary pupils have about secondary school as stated by them. They are presented in familiar language to the pupils, which makes them feel understood and comfortable. I have seen children gain independence, responsibility and confidence through the Half Moon Theatre workshops.”
Old Ford Primary School

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