Children who may benefit from some additional support have been invited to take part in a programme to help them in their transition from primary to secondary school.
Year 6 pupils have not been able to prepare for their change of school in the usual way this year because of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Through the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership, a number of organisations have come together to establish the Year 6 Transition Support Project to give extra help to around 80 children.
The scheme will supplement the transition support already planned by schools and will offer one-to-one help to pupils.
The partnership project has been led by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) and Cranbury College working with the Thames Valley Partnership Leaf for Young People mentoring project (funded by Thames Valley Police) and schools across Reading to deliver the programme which will run until December.
Prof Dr Kate Reynolds, Director of Education at BFfC, said: “The transition from primary to secondary school can be a daunting step for children and they are normally helped to prepare by their teachers at primary school and with visits to their secondary school. The Covid-19 restrictions have interrupted their journey this year and left some children feeling less confident about the step-up.
“We’re delighted to be leading the Year 6 Transition Support Project and, with our partners, aim to offer extra help, both during and after transition to secondary school, and to give pupils the confidence they need for their next steps.”
Cllr Ashley Pearce, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Education, said: “The coronavirus outbreak has seriously disrupted the lives of school pupils who would normally have had a well-structured run up to the end of their time in primary school and introduction to secondary school.
“This uncertainty has left some of our more vulnerable children feeling particularly in need of some extra support and I welcome this innovative multi-agency project which will help Reading children perform to the best of their abilities in their new surroundings.”