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CORBY BETTER START - Sustaining Transitions Across the Early Years and into Primary Schools (NCC funded)

The project is running from June 2015 - July 2017 and aims to support early childhood practitioners in FS1 and FS2 settings in the public, private and voluntary sector; including childminders and primary school teachers, to adopt collaborative and innovative practices to ensure smooth educational transitions with particular focus on:

 - Children from families at risk of social exclusion often struggle with transitions into primary schools, from primary schools into secondary schools

 - Looked After Children

 - Children with special educational needs and disabilities

SHINE - Success in Education (NCC funded)

Pen Green, Maplefields and Brooke Weston Teaching Schools combined resources to develop the project over the School year September 2015 - December 2016. The project is to develop organisational change in relation to education and support for children looked after; and to improve educational outcomes for children who are looked after and to identify, develop and disseminate best practice with a particular focus on transitions.


Services and Support

  • A Multi-Agency Steering Group strategically running the project

  • A Senior Social Worker employed as operational lead for the project

  • The Project lead visited all primary and secondary schools in Corby to introduce the project, the project’s aims and the services and support available

  • All schools were invited to the project launch on 6th November 2015 where the services and support planned for the forthcoming academic year was shared to all school staff

  • Meetings held with the Lead Officers for the Virtual School to link services and understand roles in order to avoid duplication of work

  • 1:1 supervision sessions held with school staff via telephone or face to face to support individual situations, on-going and ad-hoc as and when needed.

  • School staff offered advice and guidance as and when necessary about individual situation involving looked after children via dedicated social work support.

  • School staff offered reflective peer group supervision in order to understand emotional impact of work, analyse information and make relevant plans for children.

  • Carers and parents offered specific learning and development opportunities to support them in their caring roles, access to individual support, advice and guidance from a qualified social worker


Progress from Project

  • Good links with the Virtual School and Lead officer for the North. 

  • Colleagues from the Virtual School delivered a workshop to parents and carers on the role of the Virtual School, support and services offered

  • Direct supervision, support and guidance from two senior social workers to all schools in Corby via face to face, telephone and email contact

  • Direct links to fostering and adoption teams and panels via project staff

  • 13 teachers attended De-Escalation Training

  • 10 teachers attended Virtual School Workshop

  • A family fun session at West Lodge Rural Centre.  37 adults/parents/carers and 41 children and young people attended