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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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