Launch of Mind the Gap

February 15, 2017

Mind the Gap – Transition Steps from Primary to Post Primary

One of the transformational goals of the National Policy Framework ‘Better outcomes, Brighter Futures’ The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 was to support effective transitions. Children and young people experience a number of key transitions in their journey from childhood to adulthood including from primary school to post primary school.

Navan School Completion Programme (NSCP) Staff Team developed a booklet called ‘Transition Programme’ delivered to all 6th class students in springtime. The main aim of the programme is to assist young people successfully transfer from primary to post primary school. It encompasses exercises to help them negotiate teacher expectations, new environments and the journey from established social groups into new social relations. When evaluated, the programme showed positive outcomes for the young people in NSCP.

NSCP worked with Navan Springboard, LMETB, Meath Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSE) with generous funding from DCYA, to redevelop and produce the booklet for use by all 5th and 6th class students in County Meath.

Transition year Students from Scoil Mhuire Trim ,1st year students from Beaufort College and Stagecraft students Trim worked tirelessly on this project and were involved at all stages of the video production and are to be commended for their commitment.

We hope that you find this resource useful in assisting young people “Mind the Gap” between primary and post primary education.

Booklets can be ordered through Valerie@springboardnavan.ie for €2 per booklet

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Photo: Elma McMahon LMETB, Christina Nester Navan School Completion LMETB, Minister Helen Mc Entee, Se Fulham Navan Springboard and Leonard Callaghan CYPSC

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