Explore key information and videos to help you run the Stepping Stones programme (or elements of it) in your school.
Run Stepping Stones
Video case studies
Find out about the journey of Stepping Stones students from Heathcote School and Science College, the Urswick School and Gladesmore Community School.
Each element of the Stepping Stones programme has different costs and benefits. Costs given below are based on the pilot year and include setup costs, like creating resources. These costs are likely to be reduced for schools running the programme now.
Read more to decide what would work best for your school.
Engagement days with primary schools
Activity: liaising with primary school teachers, Year 6 students and parents, to understand student needs and identify those who may benefit from the programme.
Cost per student: None assigned.
- helps schools decide who would benefit from additional support in Year 7
- builds awareness of Stepping Stones among primary school teachers and parents
Activity: running activities during a two-week summer school to help immerse Year 7 students in the secondary school environment before term begins.
Cost per student: £382
- young people get to know the school layout, teachers, and fellow Year 7 students before term begins. This is especially important for those who feel anxious about starting secondary school, or who lack confidence
- teachers get to know incoming students and identify other individuals who may benefit from additional support
Stepping Stones lessons
Activity: key learning sessions for Year 7 students - each one explores a key theme, to help young people develop their confidence and ability to deal positively with different social and academic situations.
Cost per student: £600
- establish norms of positive behaviour for incoming Year 7 students and address behavioural issues throughout the school year in a targeted and relevant way
- especially effective for those displaying low-level but disruptive behavioural issues
- students develop tools and strategies for managing their own emotions and behaviour
Activity: training Year 10 students to support Year 7 students through weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions held before school.
Cost per student: £305
- young people gain confidence, self-esteem, advice, social networks, positive and relatable role models, and support with homework
- mentors develop in maturity, contributing to a wider school community culture of responsibility
Activity: adult mentors from Gangs Unite providing support with peer mentoring and Stepping Stones lessons.
Cost per student: £846
- provides a relatable adult role model for both Year 7 students and peer mentors
- supports the development of soft skills and positive behaviours
- frees up teaching staff capacity
Aspirational and career-based activities
Activity: working with external organisations to offer eye-opening opportunities to Year 7 students, which will inspire them to think about a range of careers and goals for their futures.
Cost per student: £100
- broadening horizons
- enjoyable trips that encourage students to think differently about their future
Find out more about the aspiration activities offered through the Stepping Stones pilot via the links and video below:
Read the evaluation of the Stepping Stones pilot for more information and top tips for running the programme.