The Accompanying Project is a child-centred programme working in partnership with primary schools to support vulnerable children through the transition to secondary school. The project uses mentoring, group work, positive activities and transition support to deliver on its outcomes of building self-confidence, social skills and resilience to change, raising aspirations and realising greater equality of opportunity.
The view of a head teacher: “You are a great support to our school and have provided valuable input which has positively affected the outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children as they transfer to secondary school, through your work with them on the Accompanying Project. They enjoyed the work whilst they were in primary and I know that they benefited from your support into secondary.”
(Mercedes Henning, Head Teacher – Holy Trinity Primary Academy in Great Cheverell)
Download the report on the Accompanying Project pilot by clicking here.
Here is a short film made by one child who has been part of the Accompanying Project.
The vision: To see children and young people be all they can be.
- To build positive and meaningful relationships with children and young people that make a positive difference now and in the future
- To provide consistent support to the child through times of transition and challenge in childhood
Who will benefit?
Those who will benefit are vulnerable children at risk of a difficult transition to secondary school which could negatively affect their opportunities and achievement at secondary school. Vulnerabilities include poor social skills, behaviour, low academic achievement and a difficult home life. The children are identified by the primary school, aged 10-11, in year 6 and heading towards the transition to secondary school.
How will they benefit? – The Outcomes
- Increased self-esteem and self confidence
- Expanded friendships – increased confidence in existing and new friendships
- The child having less concerns about life in and outside school
- The child causing less concern to parents/carers and teachers
- The child showing a greater interest in school
- Having gone through the transition; that they are adapting well to new routines
- Improved attendance at school
- Improved academic attainment
How it works in practice
In consultation with the local school and parents/carers (where possible) a child is referred to the project. A worker is then appointed to work with the child. The delivery of the Accompanying Project involves a one to one session each week in school time. During the intervention the worker will also bring children being worked with together and deliver group work to build skills and confidence in this area. Furthermore, during the year the worker will attend (as invited) other ad hoc events such as school plays, Christmas lunches and sports days to support the child. Finally, the worker supports the transition process to secondary school. The commitment made to the child is for one year which takes the child into secondary school. The support is reviewed at this point involving the school, the worker and the child to decide whether to continue the intervention and if so what that looks like. The project is currently delivered in Five Lanes School in Potterne, Fitzmaurice Primary School and five Bath primary schools: St. Philip’s Primary School, St. Saviour’s Junior School, Batheaston Primary, Oldfield Park Junior School and Southdown Junior School. The Regenerate Schools Project in Yate also delivers the Accompanying Project at Abbotswood Primary School.
How much does it cost?
The project costs Wiltshire YFC £1250 per pupil, per year. However as a charity we benefit from trust funding and charitable donations and are able to subsidise the intervention. The cost to the school would be negotiable but typically between £500-£750 per pupil.
The view of a volunteer on the project
“I just wanted to say that it was a massive privilege to be part of such an amazing project. The job i will be starting is a classroom support assistant at Three Ways school which came as a result of going into the school to help with the transition of the girl i was accompanying from St.Michael’s. Thank you again for the opportunity.”