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Transition to Secondary School Courses 

In 2021 Afasic organised 8 virtual and 2 face to face ‘Secondary Starter Weeks’ around the country, in partnerships between speech and language therapy teams and secondary schools. We are now in the process of organising courses for 2022!

We expect to help around 200 children transitioning to Year 7 who have speech, language and communication needs, to address anxieties and practice social communication and independence skills required at secondary. By the end of the week, students feel more confident about making friends and know what to do if they need to ask for help, are lost or being bullied. This really helps their confidence when starting secondary school.

Sessions are carried out like Design and Technology lessons, to enable students to practice skills required in Year 7: e.g. following instructions, clarifying, working independently/in pairs, taking responsibility – cleaning up. Online delivery helps students familiarise themselves to platforms like Zoom and Microsoft teams and gain new technical skills. Examples of fun, practical activities enabling teamwork and communication skills include creating Jackson Pollock type art and models, Lego therapy, forest school trips and making cupcakes.

All courses include at least one parent workshop to share strategies to help the children they care for prepare for secondary school. During these sessions, parents, SENCOs and speech and language professionals share advice on supporting their child through transition, including cyber bullying and online safety. Courses are supported by volunteers who get the chance to work with experienced speech and language professionals and develop their CVs.

Summer Courses 2022

Could your SLT team or secondary school make a difference and help prepare local year 6 children with communication needs, for a successful start to secondary?

Want to know how to access Afasic’s model and resources to host this course this summer? Please contact Tia Papoutselou, Schools Coordinator, Afasic Tel:  020 7490 9410

What children and parents have said about our courses:

“It was such a good program and boasted my son’s confidence and he is actually looking forward to start in the new school.”

“I can only thank the course for giving my daughter this opportunity.”

“I learnt how to do the timetable, and get people to come over to me as well as going over to them. I really enjoyed asking the questions to ‘Y’, I feel a lot more comfortable and confident going  to secondary school.”