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Transition - A Peer Mentoring System


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The authors are all educational psychologists: Teresa Bliss has published a number of books with a focus on behaviour and Circle Time. Isabel Hollis has completed a Doctorate in Education at Bristol University; her dissertation focused on the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Rachel Down supports a group of Gloucestershire schools and is also involved with early years development work. Christina Lythgoe has been involved in action research into the Year 6 to Year 7 transition; she has provided the drawings in this book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Part One Setting the Scene on Transition Introduction The Current Climate Chapter 1 - A Review of the Literature Chapter 2 - Research Conducted by Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service Working Group Chaper 3 - Introducing the Buddy Scheme Part Two Training for Transition Buddies Using the Training Material Summary of Activities and Resources Activity 1: Student Empathy Activity 2: Be Prepared Activity 3: Objectives of the Transition Buddy Course Activity 4: Role of the Transition Buddy Activity 5: Limits of the Transition Buddy Role Activity 6: Attributes of a Transition Buddy Activity 7: Listening Activity 8: Active Listening and Body Language Activity 9: Active Listening - Encouraging Others to Talk Activity 10: Encouraging Others to Talk Activity 11: Speaker Openers Activity 12: Questions and Clarifying Activity 13: Considering the Effects of Giving Different Responses Activity 14: Everyday Problem-solving Activity 15: Help, I'm Lost Activity 16: Transition Buddies in My School Activity 17: Volunteering and Evaluating Appendices Primary SENCO Questionnaire Year 7 Transition Pupil Questionnaire Year 7 Transition Pupil Questionnaire and Findings Exploring the Responses to the Questionnaire References

About the Author

Teresa currently works in Gloucestershire as a Senior Educational Psychologist. When her first book was published in 1993 she was an advisory teacher. Her background prior to that was in running units for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Lucky Duck have published six of her books, of which the Circle Time ones are the most well known.

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