WINNER: Waveney Transition Ambassadors Project
Led by Waveney Youth Council, the Transition Ambassadors Project recognises that moving from a primary to a secondary school environment can be an extremely challenging experience for many young people. The first phase of the project trained 75 Year 9 and 10 students to be transition ambassadors, by boosting their social, communication and problem solving skills. In return, the volunteers get the satisfaction of supporting fellow pupils when they are potentially most vulnerable in a new environment, as well as during their first year as they face new challenges. All of the students who took part felt that they were making a positive impact on their school community. Phase Two of the project is set to start, to support the transition from secondary school to further education.
- Richard Williams, Holbrook Primary School
IT teacher Richard is a brilliant innovator. He has developed a number of inspirational projects this year to inspire and enthuse the children at Holbrook Primary School, which have greatly enhanced their skills and knowledge of robotics and computer science. Richard has created numerous opportunities for the children to get involved in a wide range of high technology activities, including competing in national and international computing competitions. The school is the current UK silver medallist in the CoSpace Rescue Simulation League and is the UK champion in the UK RoboDance League. Richard’s innovation has enabled the pupils to work with children from international schools and understand other cultures, and has raised their aspirations to empower them to believe that anything is possible.
- PE Department, Ormiston Denes Academy
The PE Department have adopted a policy of using their lessons and sport to demonstrate personal, social, creative and thinking skills. Each lesson involves a ‘whole part whole’ approach to the sport, and revolves around a tournament. In between each game, the pupils opt or create their own drills to personalise their learning and display leadership skills. The impact is clear; the number of pupils representing the school has more than doubled, and behaviour statistics have improved. Lessons demonstrate the importance of respect, resilience, integrity and character development, whilst pupils take ownership of the activities and learn independently. The school recently presented this initiative at a national conference of the Youth Sport Trust.