This capacity building project will focus on improving the transition journey from Year 5 to Year 9 of students at risk of disengagement, with a particular focus on (though not exclusively to) Arabic speaking students and their parents/families.
Components of the Project are outlined below:
- Transition Review Process (TRP) at Pascoe Vale Girls’ College
A series of three self reflective and facilitated workshops at PVGC, comprising of an audit of current practice, mapping exercise against a good practice framework, and the development of a Plan for Action on Transition and Engagement.
- Consultations – Students, Parents, Staff/Teachers
Surveys and focus groups were conducted to capture the views of Students, Parents and Staff/Teachers and provided qualitative evidence to help inform further action.
- Digital Case Studies – Student, Parent and School perspective
Three short videos encapsulating the Student, Parent and School perspective on transition will be produced and used by PVGC, feeder primary schools and community agencies to improve the transition experience for students and families.
- Transition Review Process at Primary Schools and Development of a Transition Cluster
The Cluster will comprise of PVGC and the feeder primary schools that will have completed the TRP in Terms 2/3. The purpose of the Cluster is to deepen the relationships between schools to improve the transition of students and their families, in particular those at risk of disengagement, to secondary school. A facilitator will assist in the development of this Cluster which will involve the schools’ Transition Coordinators or staff in similar roles.
- Development of a Transition Resource by young people, for young people
Kids Own Publishing will work together with students from Westbreen Primary School and PVGC to develop and publish a book on transition to be used by feeder primary schools, PVGC and community agencies, to improve the transition experience for young people.
- Project Steering Group
Members support the development, implementation and evaluation of the Project and come from PVGC, feeder primary schools and community agencies.
Pascoe Vale Girls’ College (PVGC) is a State Government secondary school for girls in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with over 1100 students. The school is undergoing a period of significant change under the leadership of new principal, Kay Peddle. The former principal retired in 2015 at the age of 85, having been in the role since 1980.
The School attracts students from a wide geographical area and diverse cultural backgrounds. In recent years there has been a change in the cultural and socio-economic background of students attending the School. 30% of students are now of Arabic speaking background. This cohort represents a greater proportion of those at risk of disengagement from education, compared with non Arabic speaking students at the school.
The JTD Moreland Project arose out of PVGC’s identified need to:
- build the capacity of the school to better support students and their families;
- focus on systemic improvement of their primary to secondary school transition process with a particular focus on students from Arabic speaking background; and
- establish deeper and ongoing relationships with its main feeder primary schools, in order to support the transition of students at risk to remain engaged in their learning and school.
The JTD Moreland Project (2016/2017) was made possible thanks to the funding support from School Focused Youth Service (Merri Health).
We also acknowledge the vital support from school and community partners who contribute their time and expertise through being a member of the Project Steering Group:
- Arabic Welfare
- Coburg North Primary School
- headspace Glenroy
- Inner Northern LLEN
- Jesuit Social Services (JSS) – Navigator Program
- Moreland City Council – Youth Services
- Pascoe Vale Girls College
- School Focused Youth Service / Merri Health
- Westbreen Primary School
Information for Schools
Key to improving the primary to secondary transition experience for students and families is the importance of the relationship between feeder and destination schools. Having over 60 feeder schools makes this much more challenging for PVGC, however the school recognises the need to establish deeper and meaningful relationships with at least its main local feeder schools.
The JTD Moreland Project includes the development of a Transition Cluster comprising of PVGC and up to four feeder primary schools. To be involved, each school completes the Transition Review Process, enabling them to develop their own Action Plan on Transition and Engagement and establish a shared platform for partnership and meaningful engagement.
Westbreen Primary School is a keen partner in the Project and Coburg North Primary School has recently completed their Transition Review Process.
An Introduction to the Transition Review Process – Download Now
Information for Agencies
The JTD Moreland Project is currently supported by a number of agencies who are members of the Project Steering Group. The Steering Group’s role is to support the development, implementation and evaluation of the Project. Members provide input, advice and contribute resources that may be of value and benefit to the Project.
It has been encouraging to see a number of collaborative opportunities evolve from the community agencies in the Steering Group so far. This is enabling a better understanding of the school and agencies’ roles, and leading to more effective student and family engagement and improved school-family-community partnerships.
Events and Activities
Kids Own Publishing and Digital Case Studies Launch, JTD Moreland – November 2017 TBC
A tentative date in the diary! This event will be a joint launch showcasing the following two major resources arising from the JTD Moreland Project in 2017. Featuring local students, parents, and schools, the aim is for these resources to be used in schools’ transition programs to incite conversations and support students and families in their journeys to secondary school.
- Transition Resource – Experienced artists from Kids Own Publishing are working with Westbreen Primary School Year 6 students to develop and publish a resource for students by students, based on the theme of primary to secondary transition. Year 7 students from Pascoe Vale Girls College are also engaged in the development of the resource.
- Digital Case Studies –Three short videos encapsulating the School, Student and Parent perspective on primary to secondary transition will be produced with and for use by PVGC, local primary schools, community agencies, young people and their families.