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ON THE RIGHT TRACK. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE. 2 GROUPS OVER 3 DAYS Grp A (Monday), Grp B (Wednesday), Both together (Tuesday) Day 1 (Mon + Wed): Meet and Greet + snack & games (15 mins ) Talk (10 mins ) Homework support + worksheets (20 mins )

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Programme structure
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

  • 2 GROUPS OVER 3 DAYS

  • Grp A (Monday), Grp B (Wednesday), Both together (Tuesday)

    • Day 1 (Mon + Wed):

      • Meet and Greet + snack & games (15 mins)

      • Talk (10 mins)

      • Homework support + worksheets (20 mins)

      • Core activity that reflects theme of talk (30 mins)

    • Day 2 (Tues):

      • Meet and Greet + snack & games (15 mins)

      • Talk (10 mins)

      • Sporting/fun activity (1 hr 20 mins)


Additional elements
ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS

  • REFERRAL BY SCHOOLS + PARENTS

  • WEEKLY MEETING

  • MENTORING

  • VOLUNTEERS

  • PARENT SESSIONS

  • SCORE CHART – ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

  • AWARDS SESSIONS

  • SUMMER ACTIVITY

  • CONTINUED ENGAGEMENT UPON COMPLETION

  • EVALUATION

    • Students

    • Parents

    • Teachers

    • Staff


What has worked
WHAT HAS WORKED?

  • One day academic focus one day non-academic + Overlap of groups

  • Communication and connection between schools, parents and Citywise – greater awareness all round

  • Creation of a positive peer group – young people encouraging each other to participate

  • Continuation of students into other Citywise groups – on-going support

  • Character development talks – consistent message, re-inforcing specific positive behaviours, interactive, they want to learn


Sample of successful activities
SAMPLE OF SUCCESSFUL ACTIVITIES

  • 15 month programme with 2 activities per week – Too many to go through

  • Selection of activities chosen to give a feel for how we try to meet our objectives


October
OCTOBER

  • If you’ve nothing good to say, say nothing

    • New school:

      • Earn a good reputation by treating people well

      • First impressions

      • Be a positive person – see the cup half full

      • Think well of others – look for other’s strengths

      • Ignore other’s faults – we all have them

      • Forgive and forget – don’t hold grudges (hot potato)


Get to know you bingo
Get to know you bingo

  • 30 minute activity

  • Everyone given a sheet with characteristics

  • Find someone in the group with one of these characteristics

  • Each person can only be used twice

    • Students learn names

    • Energy and enthusiasm

    • Students help each other find answers

    • Students learn what they have in common


November
NOVEMBER

  • Students study, workers work. What about you?

    • Why students study – worth the effort?

    • Getting organised

    • Can learning be fun?

    • It takes courage not to be lazy

    • Doing well in school – positive consequences

    • Teachers as workers – what’s their job?


How organised are you
How organised are you?

  • 30 min activity

  • Questionnaire that raises several key issues regarding successful integration into secondary school

  • Students normally realise quickly what they ‘should’ be answering – nurtures a positive discussion about being organised

  • Alternative activity – Role play (The teacher)


December
DECEMBER

  • Look what He has done. What can you do?

    • Thinking about others at Christmas

    • Generosity – time and actions v gifts

    • Sacrificing for others – small things the most important

    • Being cheerful at home


Tuesday activity walking debate the cube
TUESDAY ACTIVITYWalking debate + The Cube

  • 2 x 40 min activity

  • Series of statements read out based on the monthly motto

  • Students reflect on their role in their family, among their friends, in school

  • Developing empathy, self-awareness and creating a positive peer group

  • The Cube adapts challenges from the game show and it very popular


January
JANUARY

  • Think before you act

    • Overreactions – emotions and reflectingafter events

    • ‘Because I feel like it’ – doing the right thing

    • The classroom – what’s important regarding how we act

    • The school yard – thinking about others

    • People are good – sometimes they just behave badly but behaviour can change!


Treasure hunt
Treasure hunt

  • 40 min activity

  • A list of ‘tips’ for getting on well in class are hidden around the centre

    • Group divided into teams - Team work

    • Active way of reflecting on important issues that cause students problems in the classroom

    • ‘Perfect student’ award for the winner of the hunt as they have all the ‘tips’ for doing well

    • Alternative – Right track Family Fortunes


Family fortunes
FAMILY FORTUNES

  • 30 min activity

  • 100 students asked for the top 5:

    • Classroom rules

    • Regulations around homework

    • Lunchtime rules

    • School regulations

    • Students divided into teams and game is run in same way as tv show


February
FEBRUARY

  • Sacrifice makes for stronger people

    • Life can be tough – focus on what we can change

    • Choices – life is full of them – secondary school brings even more (Homework, attendance, how we treat others, who we want to be)

    • Self-control – computer, biscuits/sweets, tv, lent

    • Role models – who sacrifices for us – parents, friends, teachers, family


March
MARCH

  • Courage is tested through our word

    • Telling the truth

      • Can get you in trouble with your friends

      • Practice telling the truth

    • Mean what you say

      • Empty promises

      • Be trustworthy

    • Be your own person – peer pressure and saying no


April
APRIL

  • Your interests you develop will define you

    • Use your talents and learn what you’re good at

    • Wasting time – computers, tv, addiction

    • Watch what we watch.

    • Good habits – Getting organised, homework, getting the balance between fun, sports, school, friends, family


Things that i m good at
Things that I’m good at

  • 30 min activity

  • Worksheet that highlights positive characteristics people have

  • Students identify their own strengths

  • Pick different ones and explain them

  • Identify one you’d like to improve at

  • Good exercise for public speaking


Freeze
Freeze

  • 30 min activity

  • Students move slowly around the room and have to ‘freeze as a….’

  • Role: pop singer, guitar player, boxer, garda

  • In emotion: Angry, bored, frightened, confident

  • In character: Strict teacher, soldier marching..

    Main idea is to talk about hobbies – broaden horizons


Time trials
TIME TRIALS

  • 30 min activity

  • Locker relay race (fill bag with school books, pass bag on, empty bag into locker neatly – until the whole team has completed the task)

  • Schoolbag packing – One bag, 5 books – pack the bag, empty the bag – one book at a time.

  • Uniform challenge – Relay race involving putting on a piece of clothing

  • These activities help staff raise key issues in a fun and competitive way


Conclusion
CONCLUSION

  • Areas of strength

    • Contact time

    • Community based provision with strong links to schools

    • Significant experience of key staff working in this particular educational context

    • Availability of other Citywise programmes to continue supports

    • Very cost effective programme


Conclusion1
CONCLUSION

  • Areas for improvement

    • Follow up on non-attenders

    • Follow up on referrals who didn’t engage

    • Contact time with parents – feedback

    • More intense literacy support – targeted

    • More detailed records


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