Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Find Out What Is Happening In Oldham Schools In this term's edition: 1) Primary Science Subject Leader Network Meeting 2) Get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools 2022 3) Literacy Underpinning the Curriculum Project 4) Practitioner networks (Secondary) 5)...

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Update from the Board, February 2022

Update from the Board, February 2022

I wanted to share a brief update from the Oldham Learning Board which met just before the half-term break (11 February 2022). The majority of the Board are school leaders in Oldham, along with representatives of the Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner's Office,...

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News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

The education world continues to face one of the most challenging situations that most of us could expect to face in our lifetimes. It has been a difficult time to launch a new organisation like Oldham Learning, and there have been significant changes in the staff...

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Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

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The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning,...

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Online Resources For Home Learning

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Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

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Transition Apprentices pilot project in the Catholic Federation of schools: project update

by | Mar 16, 2022 | Latest News | 0 comments

Pilot project to support vulnerable pupils transition from primary to secondary school successfully

Cause for Concern: Transition to Secondary School for Vulnerable Pupils

Holy Family, Corpus Christi, Holy Rosary and St Mary’s have identified their current Year 5 cohort as being particularly vulnerable with regard to their transition to secondary school. This amounts to 166 pupils. 56 (33.7%) are eligible for pupil premium, 6 have an education, health and care plan (EHCP), 31 have special educational needs or disabilities, and 13 pupils have been identified with social, emotional and mental health needs. There have been 7 fixed term exclusions since September 2020.

Students around a table with a teacher standingAims of the transition project:

  • To ensure that all pupils have a positive transition to secondary school. This will be measured by academic and behavioural adjustment and school bonding.
  • Through the apprenticeship scheme, provide additional support to each of these classes, to ensure:
    • Academic support to close the gap between PP and non PP
    • Establish strong relationships with the pupils, especially those identified as vulnerable and with SEMH need, with their transition to secondary.
  • Develop the skills of the apprentices to support children with SEMH needs.
  • To be a familiar and trusted member of staff for the pupils when they transition to Newman, who brings with them a wealth of knowledge regarding the pupils to provide high quality support for both pupils and staff.
  • To provide additional support/interventions for reading.
  • To identify potential risk factors to transition and provide appropriate support and intervention to alleviate the risk.
  • Build good relationships with the parents of the identified vulnerable children to ensure the appropriate support network is in place before transition.
  • To ensure good attendance as the pupils transition to Year 7, especially of the vulnerable pupils.

Actions taken so far:

  • In Autumn 1 the focus for the apprentices was to establish strong, positive relationships with pupils, staff and parents.
  • The apprentices have received training; Paediatric First Aid Training, Safeguarding Training, School Inductions, IHASCO Health and Safety Training.
  • To ensure that the needs of their pupils are met the apprentices receive regular coaching with the Lead Teacher to support and identify training needs. Apprentices have had additional support from the SENCO at their school to develop a greater understanding of the pupil’s needs.
  • Apprentices have received training around appropriate interventions led by each school to address the needs of their cohort.
  • Data was collected from all schools to identify the needs of each cohort. This included questionnaires to parents, pupils and staff to gain a holistic view of the child’s needs regarding transition to alleviate how this may impact on academic progress.
  • Following data analysis, target children were identified with SEMH needs which may impact on academic progress and attainment as they transition to Year 7. In collaboration with Newman, these pupils visited Newman to introduce key members of staff, and to reduce anxieties based around concerns from the data collected e.g. detentions and behaviour, getting bullied. This visit was reported to be extremely successful for the pupils. Further visits and a drama project were planned for Spring 1 but have not yet happened due to COVID. These visits were planned to address concerns around building friendships and would involve the 4 schools coming together at Newman and establishing a buddy system.  Following the allocation of secondary school places, the target groups may have to be amended slightly. The Lead Teacher is currently liaising with Newman to rearrange.
  • Resources supplied to each primary school half termly to support identified needs around themes such as resilience and preparing for transition. Information given to parents around SEND and pastoral support, from Newman’s SENCO. Newman organised for Year 7 and 8 pupils to answer Year 6 pupil’s questions via a video.
  • Parental Presentations have been delivered at each primary school, to inform parents how the concerns of their children are being addressed.
  • Lead Teacher meets termly with Margaret Hendry the Course Coordinator to discuss the progress of the apprentices and address any concerns.

Impact so far

  • HT report that apprentices have established good relationships with pupils and staff. All apprentices are proactive in their development and have target pupils for interventions.
  • Regular observations and communications with the class teacher show that all apprentices are making good progress.
  • Areas of concern for both pupils and parents have been identified. Parents are concerned about, getting to school, bullying, making new friends and PE. Pupils were concerned about, discipline and detentions, making new friends and losing old friends, getting lost and homework. Plans are in place to address these main concerns.
  • Feedback from Parental Meetings has been extremely positive. Informal discussions with parents show that the transition meetings have helped to reduce their anxiety and given the parents the opportunity to have a voice and air their concerns.
  • Behaviour has improved in all schools.
Element Year 6 Cohort In the project
FTE 2020-21 10
FTE 2021-present 0
Physical Interventions 2020-21 8
Physical Interventions 2021-present  0

What next?

  • Parental resilience training will be offered to parents, 4 week course to support parent and children’s resilience based up on the bounce forward training that the lead teacher attended. This is to strengthen the support network for parents, due to start in the Summer term.
  • Parents of target pupils to visit the school prior to starting in September.
  • Past pupils to visit the primary schools to share their transition experience and their learning.
  • Project with Newman to address pupil’s concerns e.g. making new friends, travelling to and from school.
  • ELSA Training for the apprentices.
  • Questionnaires and data collection to be analysed in Summer 2. Data needs to include hard data such as behaviour logs, attendance and SAT results.
  • Apprentices to join Newman staff on Wednesday afternoon during the Summer term for training, to ensure they have a good understanding of what is expected in their role and share their knowledge of the pupils who will be transitioning to Year 7.
  • Apprentices will also be attending Newman’s Resource Hub Training and have received an introduction to the impact of trauma on a child from Oldham’s EHWB Team.
  • Lead teacher to gather attainment data to identify pupils who are working below the expected standard in Reading. She will liaise with Newman’s English Lead to train apprentices on Newman’s reading intervention.
  • Track attendance, where attendance is a concern, apprentice to build relationships with family.
Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Find Out What Is Happening In Oldham Schools In this term's edition: 1) Primary Science Subject Leader Network Meeting 2) Get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools 2022 3) Literacy Underpinning the Curriculum Project 4) Practitioner networks (Secondary) 5)...

read more
Update from the Board, February 2022

Update from the Board, February 2022

I wanted to share a brief update from the Oldham Learning Board which met just before the half-term break (11 February 2022). The majority of the Board are school leaders in Oldham, along with representatives of the Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner's Office,...

read more
News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

The education world continues to face one of the most challenging situations that most of us could expect to face in our lifetimes. It has been a difficult time to launch a new organisation like Oldham Learning, and there have been significant changes in the staff...

read more
Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning,...

read more
Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

read more
Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

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