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About Stepping Stones

The Stepping Stones programme aims to support vulnerable young people in their transition from primary to secondary school.

It was designed and piloted by teachers from three London secondary schools, in collaboration with Gangs Unite and the GLA:

  • Gladesmore Community School
  • The Urswick School
  • Heathcote School and Science College

Over the 2016/17 academic year, each school worked with 70 Year 7 pupils and 30 Year 10 pupils to test the programme. An independent evaluation was carried out and this online toolkit was produced, allowing schools across London to access resources from the programme.

In 2018, through the Mayor's Young Londoners Fund, 15 more London schools were awarded grant funding to run Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones facts

  • 3
    Secondary Schools
    ran the pilot programme
  • 70
    Vulnerable Students
    from each school took part
  • 4
    Partner Organisations
    provided aspirational activities
  • 30
    Peer Mentors
    were trained in each school

Stepping Stones in your school

This online toolkit offers free resources for both primary and secondary schools to help them run elements of the Stepping Stones programme:

  • engagement days with primary schools: liaising with primary school teachers, Year 6 students and parents, to understand student needs and identify those who may benefit from the programme
  • summer school: running activities during a two-week summer school to help immerse Year 7 students in the secondary school environment before term begins
  • Stepping Stones lessons: key learning sessions for Year 7 students, helping develop their confidence and ability to deal with different social and academic situations
  • peer mentoring: training Year 10 students to support Year 7 students via weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions
  • aspirational and career-based activities: working with external organisations to encourage and inspire Year 7 students about different careers and future goals

Next steps

Use our toolkit to:

For more information email [email protected]