An investigation into the effectiveness of primary liason programmes implemented between a Cardiff north secondary school and its cluster primary schools.
Rees, Wendy A
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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This research investigates the effectiveness of three pastoral programmes implemented into the Primary/Secondary transition process already established betweln a Cardiff North High School and its six feeder Primary schools. The main focus of these programmes was to improve the transfer process, focusing more on the social and personal problems the pupils face. The existing programme places greater emphasis on curriculum continuity with cross phase projects. The research considers implications for 'whole school, integration within the existing Guidance system. The research explores the effectiveness of these programmes which were piloted during the school year 1998-1999, and are at present in the second year of implementation. From the results of this research, which include staff, pupil and tutor questionnaire; a peer support group interview; and two tutor meetings, I considered the suitability of the programmes for whole school integration within the established Guidance System. The key results gained from the research were the successful implementation of the three programmes although further development and considerations are needed; the responses acquired from staff pupils and students were, in the main, favourabie to the integration of the programmes. The success of the programmes provide the Senior Management team with enough reliable evidence for consideration and implementation into the 'whole school' primary liaison process' One of the main aims of the research was to ease the transition process from a persona and sociai perspective, for both pupils and staff of both primary and secondary schools. The findings of this research seems to have indicated some success in achieving this aim. Implementation over a longer period of time will provide more reliable evidence on which to clarify these claims. The main observation made from the research concerned the lack of time allocated to ensure that the project was undertaken successfully. This will be a vital consideration for the future development and progress of the programmes. The issue needs to be carefully considered and addressed by the Senior Management Team, together with all those involved in the process, to enable the programmes to continue fulfilling their potential in developing pupils' learning and raising standards of achievement. To ensure the continuation of the transitional programmes discussed in this research and to further develop as part of the established Primary Liaison programme recommendations have been made. A meeting with the Head teacher to discuss issues that have arisen within the research to ensure the future success of the programme; the revision of the training and hence the selection process for the Peer Support Programme; and to continue to monitor and review the programmes in both primary and secondary schools involving both staff and pupils. Finally and more long term, is to establish the systems through the keystages as part of the 'whole school policy' with the aim of improving approaches to learning and standards of achievement for all pupils.
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