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Supporting the transition from primary school to secondary school for children who are looked after

Walker, Marnie; (2009) Supporting the transition from primary school to secondary school for children who are looked after. Doctoral thesis , Institute of Education, University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The transition from primary to secondary school is a very important but potentially difficult time for all children. However, theory and statistics at local and national levels indicate that for children who are 'Looked After' this transition is likely to be particularly challenging, although there appears to be little current published literature on the subject. The present study aimed to find out the key factors that support children Looked After through this transition, as perceived by the main stakeholders: children Looked After who had recently gone through, or were about to go through the transition; their carers; their teachers; and other professionals involved in supporting them. This qualitative study took place within a semi-rural borough in Wales. Data were gathered in two parts, using semi-structured interviews. These were analysed using thematic analysis and within this, framework analysis. Analysis of the results indicates that a range of factors are perceived as supporting or hindering the transition, including within-child factors, supports within children's immediate environments, the way those supporting children work together, and wider systemic factors. Four key principles emerged from the results. Support for children in public care going through the transition from primary to secondary school should: 1. be holistic; 2. be individualised; 3. seek to minimise children's differences; and 4. have an emphasis on information sharing and planning. These principles, along with a series of recommended actions, may be used to inform tailored transition packages to support children in this vulnerable group through transition.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Supporting the transition from primary school to secondary school for children who are looked after
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos...
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis: (D.Ed.Psy) University of London Institute of Education, 2009.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10019904
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