Grant for Avon Valley School in Rugby will help schools develop links

Staff and students at the school.
Staff and students at the school.

The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College in Newbold has received grant funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to participate in an 18 month collaborative research and development project.

The project – led jointly by The Progression Trust and qualification awarding body ASDAN – is entitled ‘Progression Curriculum for Transition: Building for Progression – a foot on the ladder’.

It will see staff from Avon Valley School work closely with staff and students from feeder schools Boughton Leigh Junior School, Northlands Primary School and The Riverside Academy.

During the project, which is split into three phases, research data will be collected by Tiller Research Ltd and analysed by specialists at the University of Wolverhampton. In the first phase, data about transition will be collected through discussions with current Year 6 students who are moving to Avon Valley School.

Phase two will assess the impact of the project’s activities.

To gather this data Year 6 students will complete self-rating questionnaires, student workbooks will be inspected and teachers interviewed.

During phase three, which will take place in September 2016, further data from a new cohort of Year 6 students will be collected to allow a comparison of data and results.

It will be led by Mark Baird, progression curriculum co-ordinator, and Alison Bearpark, transition and primary liaison leader, who said: “We are extremely excited at the prospect of working collaboratively with our primary school colleagues to create the resources to help students during this stage of their lives.

“The project should help to smooth the transition process making it a more positive experience which increases the students’ skills to deal with secondary school.

Natasha Bonehill, Year 6 Teacher at Northlands Primary School, said staff and pupils are keenly anticipating the links.

She said: “I am really looking forward to working alongside a range of primary schools and secondary school teachers to explore transition from primary school to secondary school.

“I am very honoured to be part of this new project.”

Alison Davies, Avon Valley School’s headteacher, believes it’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved.

She said: “The teachers involved in the project are already working hard and I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact which will benefit our new joiners.”