Next Steps

In 2018/19, Half Moon were awarded the commission for the ‘11 Year Old Pilot Programme’ by Tower Hamlets Youth Service (THYS). Half Moon specifically engaged with schools and external agencies to refer young people to the programme, who were deemed at risk of disengagement, and vulnerable through their transition.

Age 11-12 is a time where change and transitioning can impact a child’s life in a multitude of ways. This project was specifically designed for those young people who are experiencing, or are about to experience, the primary to secondary transition phase.

THE PROGRAMME

  • The sessions supported the 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.
  • The young people learned to better express themselves, built their confidence and developed soft skills, such as effective communication, presentation, decision-making, taking responsibility and making a commitment.
  • Participants played 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 included bullying, online safety, friendships, identity and responsibilities.

Young people attended from 43 schools across Tower Hamlets (36 primary and 7 secondary)

In total, Next Steps delivered 75 after-school sessions and worked with
140 young people, 75 of whom attended 5 or more sessions.

Download Next Steps – Summary Report 2018/19

Young Person comments: 

“I enjoyed meeting new people!”

“I have met people who I will be going to Secondary School, that’s really exciting”

“Coming to Half Moon has made me feel more prepared for Secondary School”

“I Learnt a lot through fun activities!”

“It’s fun, I learnt how to introduce myself to new people, and how to ask for help if someone is getting bullied.”

‘’At school, I am quiet. At Half Moon we had to work in pairs so I had the chance to talk to other people, and learnt I had lots to say.’’

Parent comments: 

“X talks positively about every session. He really enjoys it and I have seen it built confidence in him.”

“My child has really liked all the orientations they gave and has really enjoyed the people he has met”

“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 he has been talking about it and he feels She knows what to do now”

“X has been talking about how much he is enjoying coming along, and he loves talking about his day and he things he is doing”

“X enjoyed coming to the project, making new friends, and gained more confidence in how to deal with new challenges”

“X has been very reflective this week!

Teacher comments: 

“We have referred pupils to the Half Moon Next Steps programme as we have seen their workshops first hand 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 

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

“The project was very affirming for the young people. At a time when they were saying goodbye to friends of 7 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 Yr 6 are going to 11 different schools so this project helped them prepare for the changes.”  Marion Richardson Primary School

 

If you work in a school in Tower Hamlets, or you are a parent who would like to discuss this further, please contact Androulla: androulla@halfmoon.org.uk or call on 0207 709 8905

Tower Hamlets