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