Transfer Programme - Peer Mentors for Primary to Secondary
In Ireland pupils typically transfer from primary to post-primary at twelve years of age where they enter the junior cycle (lower secondary education). In supporting the transition of learners from primary to post-primary, effective guidance/counselling is a strong feature, embedded within the curricula. Dedicated guidance counsellors are in place and many schools operate a peer coaching (buddies) for all primary school pupils to ease transition. For example, measures are in place as part of the School Completion Programme to support transition through homework clubs, induction days, taster days etc. St Aidan's Community School has an annual plan for recruitment, training and preparation of peer mentors (in post-primary), who then prepare the pupils in their last year of primary for the transition through exercices, discussions and games.
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