In 2016, a Transition Cluster was developed between Reservoir High School and three feeder primary schools, and has been a useful conduit for ongoing dialogue, process consistency, shared professional learning and collaborative partnerships.
Through additional Council funding and commitment from partners, the Project continues with the following components for 2017:
- Transition Cluster: 2017 saw a change in all three primary school transition coordinators, which required the development of new relationships within the Cluster. INLLEN will continue to support the Cluster to become self directing and self sustaining.
- Case Study: INLLEN to provide a good practice example from the Project and present to the Darebin Education Committee at the end of 2017.
- Project Report to be submitted to Darebin City Council in February 2018.
In May 2015, a workshop for schools on primary to secondary transition facilitated by Darebin City Council and School Focused Youth Service as part of the Darebin Youth Commitment, provided the impetus for a Project that built upon the solid work arising from Joining the Dots in Yarra.
The Strengthening School Transition Relationships and Processes Project was developed as a partnership between Darebin City Council and INLLEN and implemented from September 2015 to September 2016. Key objectives of the Project were:
- To deepen the process of reflection, learning and development of the transition experience of students, parents and schools in Darebin
- To focus on neighbourhoods and schools with high equity needs and experience of social and economic disadvantage
- To build upon work underway by SFYS as part of the Transition Project with the three schools involved (Reservoir High School, Reservoir East Primary, Reservoir Views Primary) and expand to include other feeder primary schools to Reservoir High School
- To build the capacity of schools to review strengths and areas for improvement around effective transitions for all students including those at risk of disengaging
- To strengthen communication and the engagement of families with their schools and student learning as an integral part of effective transitions
- To identify how Darebin Council can further support transition work in schools.
Activities that were completed as part of the Project in 2015/2016 were:
- Transition Review Processes were conducted at Reservoir High School and three feeder primary schools (Reservoir East, Preston North East, Kingsbury)
- Consultations with Students, Parents and Staff at Reservoir High School to unpack the transition process and their experiences
- Implementation of a Transition Cluster comprising of the above four schools, supported by INLLEN.
A full project report was submitted to Darebin Council in September 2016 and can be downloaded here or from the Resources link on our website.
Darebin City Council has provided financial support for the Project (2015-2017) which is managed by INLLEN as the auspice organisation. The Project has also received significant in-kind contributions from INLLEN and the following school partners:
- Reservoir High School
- Kingsbury Primary School
- Preston North East Primary School
- Reservoir East Primary School
Information for Schools
The Reservoir High School Transition Cluster currently includes Reservoir High School and three feeder primary schools (Kingsbury, Preston North East, Reservoir East) who have all completed their Transition Review Process and made a commitment to being a member of the Cluster. Their Terms of Reference has identified the following priorities:
- Promote conversations, relationships, trust and collaboration between all cluster schools
- Clarify the need for the use of student data to drive transition improvement
- Extend transition concerns beyond the social and personal, to concerns about what needs to be done to help students adjust to different teaching and learning arrangements
- Promote transition to be seen as the shared responsibility of all schools in the Cluster.