Transition Hubs based in two secondary schools in north and south west London offer a tailored programme of education and support for adolescents (11-14) new to care, their carers and their Designated Teachers in school.
The staff at the Hub enable a phased transition for students to a new school over a period of six weeks and then with outreach support for another five months. For adolescents who are settled in school but who experience a change in care placement the Hub offers an outreach programme to support their transition for six months.
The approach is based on the principle that a transition is not a one-off event, but an on-going process that requires tailored support before, during and after a move.
The intended impact of the Transition Hub is to understand how to ensure more stable care and school placements. The project aims to do this through:
- A programme structure based on four stages of transition with wrap-a-round provision;
- A leaning mentor who provides relational stability across the four transition stages;
- A detailed assessment and tailored programme to allow for more targeted and effective provision;
- A programme that recognises the interconnectedness of child, family, school and community factors in supporting better outcomes for children in care by offering training and support to carers and to schools.
Where are the Transition Hubs?
Achieving for Children Virtual School Transition Hub
The Richmond upon Thames School
Barnet Virtual School Transition Hub