transition programmegeneral resources

IYF Transition Programme Emerging Tools and Practice

Below is an evolving databank of accessible reports, plans, for organisation operating transition programme for children moving into second level education.

The reports are not all Irish and draw on relevant reports from around the globe. The programmes and resource packs are broadly generic interms of content and a number of packs have been developed in response to "special need " groups but again the situation applies to all children and as a result the contents and materials are relevant to all.


Logic Models and Outcomes

Find here some general Logic Modelling materials and the logic model approach adopted in the IYF transition programme.





Reports TPs

Here you will find reports that relate to TPs most of these are also available in the report section of the site HERE

The Context for TPs

A powerpoint presentation that reviews the context and bakground to Transition Programmes in Ireland.




The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.


Transition Programmes ( some of these programme originate in response to special needs but use generic material and pedagogy)

IYF Transition Programme Stepping up to Secondary School HERE
Stepping Stones KYS School Module 1
Stepping Stones Summer Project 5 days
OTRP Transition Programme HERE

Resource Pack Building Positive Relations The purpose of this pack is to provide pupils with the skills and confidence to facilitate transition from primary to secondary school.  It is therefore targeted at those children in their final year of primary school and is best introduced in the final term prior to transition.Highland Psychological Services 2009

Five Transition Bridges: This table – a self-evaluation and competency framework – gives indications about provisions and support in place for the Five Transition Bridges, at four levels: from introducing to enhancing. As such, the table can be used to evaluate practice or to suggest new ideas to enrich practice, around the Five Bridges.
START Transition in Australia Primarily a programme for in school this report does contain many useful activities for any transition programme. The programme is broken into sections: background information and considerations for developing a transition programme, including key findings; teaching and learning principles; tips for getting 'start'ed; and some activities for students involved in transition from primary to secondary school.

The Transition from Primary to Secondary School UK
How an understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing can help children, schools and families
Good mental health can enable children to face the challenges of transition with confidence, and schools can make a significant difference by identifying early those children who are most vulnerable and by encouraging and enabling the growth of resilience. The purpose of this training resource is to help schools think about why some children may be more vulnerable in facing transition and to support schools in developing ways of working that will allow all children to find a sense of belonging and engagement in school

NCCA Proposed Transfer Profile from Primary to Secondary schools
Mental Health A support Resource for youth workers and volunteers
Social, Emotional & Behavioural Skills Development: Useful Websites


Transition Reports


A Study of Transition from Primary to Post-primary School for Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Supporting refugees childrens transition
Transition from Primary to Post-Primary for Pupils with Special Educational Needs Challenges for the Pupil and Strategies for the Teacher
Interim Report IYF Transition Project

Transitions in Primary School INTO: Children’s experiences of the transition to starting school and the transition from primary school to post-primary school have begun to attract some interest from the education community. This consultative document captures some of this interest.

Successful Transitions from Primary to Secondary School UK 2008
Review of Best Practice NEWB
Improving Second-Level Education: Using Evidence for Policy Development ESRI 2011

Improving child behaviours CES 2013

The Transition from Primary to Secondary School How an understanding of mental health and emotional well being can help children, schools and families
Training Resource UK


Transition Programme the case for them Top


TP Context and Background



Evidence Top
Dr John Bamber, Project Specialist in the Centre for Effective Services discussing "evidence" in a two part presentation in the Base Youth Project in Ballyfermot Dublin.    


Presentation TP Workshop

CES Building Logic Models Workbook 2
Outcomes for Children Ireland 2010
Evidence and Learning from Early Inerventions CES
NEWB One Child One Plan
State of our children 2012 DCYA
Priorities for Primary Education NCCA 2012
Soft Skills to Hard Data reviews eight youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in after-school and other settings. For each tool, it provides sample items and crucial information about usability, cost, and evidence of reliability and validity. The report and Appendix



Resources Profiling Target Groups  

AIRO Mapping Resource site  No 3 Local Authority Census Modules contains the following main themes are available in the module: Population, Marital Status, Religion, Economic Status, Industry, Housing, Housing Vacancy, Households, Social Class, Socio-Economic Group, Education, Transport

CSO Mapping Resource Site
Outcome Indicators: from What Works
NCCA Proposed Transfer Profile from Primary to Secondary schools

Logic Models and Outcomes Top

Logic Models  
LOGIC Model Workshop Presentation (zip)
LOGIC Model Blank Template
Harvard Family Research Project Logic Modelling and Webinar
Theory Of Change PowerPoint Presentation
Other Resources  
Logic Modeling else where in MOST
What to Avoid in After Schools practice: A booklet from the excellent Child Trends research centre which describes the ten practices to avoid.
Managing Behaviours, an excerpt from an US Summer Camp manual that offers useful hints on managing behaviours
Making Drama work in the Classroom HERE
Child Protection  
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the accompanying Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook set out clearly how child protection must be placed at the core of any organisation working with children. The documents detail what is to be done to protect children, how it is to be done and who are the key people in each organisation to do it. DCYA 2011 Here
Child Protection and Welfare Practice Handbook HSE DCYA 2012 Here
Solo Practitioner Code of Practice for working with Children and Young People. Arts Council 2009 Here

Questions asked to the HSE from the Early Years Sector with regsards to early years HSE 2013

The Working with Children Screening Unit is an Australian serivce committed to providing clear information to support organisations create safer environments for children.
This booklet provides information about a range of safeguarding strategies that can be implemented, including thorough staff recruitment, risk management and how to involve children so they feel safe, valued and respected.
Other Sites  

SPHE Social, Personal and Health Education,(SPHE) as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.
Social, Personal and Health Education in Post-Primary schools is a programme for students in the Junior Cycle and builds on the experience of all children at Primary level.


Primary-secondary transition: support materials This resource is designed to assist schools in developing successful primary to secondary school transition programs, from an initial audit of needs, through development, to successful and ongoing implementation.

Highland Children’s Forum is a registered charity [SC031945] incorporated in 2000, created by the parent carers of children with additional support needs to attempt to ensure that the voice of these children was heard in the design and provision of services in Highland. Lots of useful relevant resources.

This HandsOnScotland website aims to help you make a difference to children and young people's lives. It gives practical information, tools and activities to respond helpfully to troubling behaviour and to help children and young people to flourish. A very useful site



Social, Emotional & Behavioural Skills Development: Useful Websites

The YOUNG MINDS UK website is the voice for young people’s mental health and wellbeing with information for professionals, parents and carers and children and young people.