Next Steps

IMG_8904Half Moon, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council (as part of the Youth Service), is piloting an out of school provision for 11 year olds who are considered to be at risk as part of their transition to secondary school.

  • This project enables young people to explore their fears and concerns about transition in a ‘neutral space’ and will take place after school hours and during the school holidays between March 2018 and February 2019.
  • The intended outcome is that through early identification and additional support young people who may be at risk of disengagement will be less likely to need targeted services in the future.
  • The project sessions will enable the young people to better express themselves, build their confidence and develop soft skills, such as effective communication, presentation, decision-making, taking responsibility and making a commitment.
  • Participants will also explore wider issues that are impacting their lives, including, for example, bullying, anti-social behaviour, prejudice/discrimination and friendships.

Age 11-12 is a time where change and transitioning can impact a child’s life in a multitude of ways. This project is specifically designed for those young people who are experiencing, or are about to experience, the primary to secondary transition phase. We aim to alleviate any anxieties of those taking part, whilst building friendships and learning together through creative engagement.

We will be working across all of Tower Hamlets with project sessions taking place in different areas of the borough.

This project is running from June 2018 – February 2019, offering free workshops to young people in Year 6 and Year 7, transitioning from Primary to Secondary School. 

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: 

“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