Birmingham schools - LLIDA
Outcomes and outputs from the Jisc LLiDA project on Learning Literacies in a Digital Age led by Glasgow Caledonian University
digital literacy, learning literacy, digital capability, literacy frameworks, learning, higher education, further education
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Birmingham schools

Virtual transition: safe digital social opportunities

Type of snapshot

Learner led provision

What was the context for this snapshot?

Virtual Transition Project for Birmingham schools dealing with the transition of learners from primary to secondary school. Aiming to address the year 7 dip in attainment and to support the development of social relationships before moving into secondary school and learning from year 8 pupils what the school is really like. In 2008 involved 28 secondary school pupils and 300+ primary pupils.

What kind of learners were involved in accessing this provision or support?

Year 7, 8 or 9 trained as peer-mentors (trained to communicate senitively online Year 6 learners providing 24 hr access at school and home.

What skills or literacies were particularly being addressed?

ICT – keyboard skills, environmental skills, eg navigating to and around the system
Communication skills – asunchronous, synchronous
Social skills – to communicate appropriately and understand netiquette, etc.
Understanding roles and responsibilities – to be flexible enough to adopt different roles as appropriate, eg monitor, information giver, supporter…

Who provided the support? How was support provided?

Transition team offered joint training to School staff (teachers or mentors) and Peer mentors over two weeks. Year 6 pupils were offered a 3 week programme in June/july prior to moving to new school. this involved a number of activities to facilitate consideration of certain aspects of life within their new school. SEAL materials were used to support the training.

Benefits, outcomes, and lessons learned

Benefits to Year 6 pupils:

made new friends/networks making the first days and weeks easier
found out what they really wanted to know about the school
myths about the school clarified
more confident Year 7 learners

Benefits to year 7,8,9 peer mentors

training could be generalised across the school
positive role model opportunities
positive contribution to the school building self-confidence and self-esteem

Benefits to school

opportunity to get to know incoming learners
more informed year 7 students
Learner-led provision
ICT literacies, learner transitions, peer mentoring, school students