Secondary school students help Year 6s to prepare for their new schools.
Starting with a 'Listening exercise' across Trust partnerships, schools brought Year Six pupils together with Years 7-9s to talk about the information advice and guidance which the participants felt would be useful for young people going through the transition process in order to ensure success.
Young People from West Lancashire, South Ribble and Preston took part, and three Secondary schools and three primary schools took part led by teachers and young people's workers from Young People's Service. The Listening event on 11 October was held at West Lancashire Investment centre, hosted and sponsored by the West Lancashire Borough Council and Trust Partnership with support from the Lancashire 14-19 Partnership.
A writer listened in on workshops and illustrators took visual minutes as young people described their views, hopes, aspirations and fears about the transition period.
The materials developed on the day through various workshops include video clips, write ups, illustrations and recordings which will form part of materials on the 627 web pages to be hosted as part of the Lancashire Interactive Information advice and guidance on line service to schools in Lancashire. The Young People's Service led the event with colleagues from Hillside Primary and Glenburn Sports College.
By March 2012 these materials will be available in Lancashire online through Lancashire Interactive and the County Council's Young People's Service website.
Young people will be invited back for the final unveiling of the site and as a thank you for their contributions and insights into this challenging but exciting time in their lives.
What worked well...
The development has stemmed from feedback from young people in parts of the County through the Pupil Attitude Questionnaire delivered in significant numbers through high schools across County.
Responses appear to suggest a significant drop in confidence levels among pupils in years 7/9, some of which could be attributable to gaps in information advice and guidance at Key Stage 2.
The development seeks to involve pupils in saying what they need to know about and in providing some of the answers to the challenges of change.
The Listening event has proved a fantastic opportunity to both hear the views of young people and capture their ideas on solutions to problems. Those who took part enjoyed the event and organisers hope they will all return in due course to the launch event in March.
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