Our Transition Project was originally funded and developed through a grant made possible by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The transition year is difficult socially and educationally and many children make little or no progress. One of the main barriers to learning is difficulty in communicating. The aim of the transition project is to develop speaking and listening skills, cognitive and meta-cognitive abilities in year 7 students in order to improve their learning.
The programme consists of weekly philosophy sessions with year 7 pupils in Term 1 (Autumn), in the second term (Spring) pupils learn how to facilitate philosophical enquiry, and in the final term Year 7 pupils run philosophy sessions with pupils from local feeder schools.
The philosophy sessions enhance all areas of learning, including literacy, numeracy and science — most schools have put the philosophy in the timetable as part of literacy or English.