Teacher comments

on the programme

(part one)

Pastoral head of year 7 at Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Leeds, Lynda Walker said

the summer part of the programme had eased worries for some children, and was particularly helpful for those feeling nervous about starting high school

Two students put themselves forward for the student council as   a result of doing the programme!

 Here’s what they said

It is nice to know other children are in the same boat as you…It was good to understand how high school works

and that I shouldn’t

be worried.

The last questions helped me to prepare. Having more under- standing about high school meant I was less worried.  It was useful   to let your feelings out, I didn’t have to bottle them up

More Testimonials

“I enjoyed the beginning and the end”

“It was fun doing the planning in final chapter”

“It was good to let your feelings out about school”

“It was good to think about how teachers feel”

“I liked setting goals and making changes”

“Transport was fun!”

“The Potential section – I felt proud of what I

had had done”

Click Below for answers to your most frequently asked questions

1. Primary:  How do I use the parent resources to best advantage?

We suggest that parents receive their booklet about the programme before or at the same time as their child starts the material in class. This paves the way for homework tasks being done with parental help as necessary and is a starting point to link what goes on in school with what parents may want to address with their child about moving to high school at home.  The second resource, MP4 video, can be used for the final parent's evening/a separate end of year meeting in the last week or two of the Summer term.  The video reminds them of the value of empowering their child in the summer holidays and gives them a springboard with useful question tools to use.

2. Primary: Is it best to buy the Primary programme with parent resources?

There will always be value in using the programme.  The parent materials have been created in response to the strong suggestion from primary schools that having a resource to engage parents is also very valuable.   [When we first wrote the programme, it was designed for parents.]

3. General: Can we use our own school transition programme alongside Power Up!?

This is almost inevitable as schools are likely to have existing programmes with important information in them for Year 6-7 pupils in transition.  We only ask that you keep the Power Up! Programmes clearly labelled with copyright information showing year and author ownership for all of its usage, and that you do not blend Power Up! Materials into any other publication.  See our terms and conditions for more on maintaining Power Up! copyright. By all means contact us for further advice.

4. General/Secondary: What’s the easiest way of keeping records of pupils using Power Up!?

For High schools in particular, the purchase of Power Up! implies that you will offer it to every Year 7 pupil within the license's limits, whether or not they actually use it.   Therefore, simply have access to the record of all pupils on roll for Year 7 to meet that criteria.

5. Secondary: How can we get the most out of Power Up! Secondary without using too much planning time?

Although starting a new project like Power Up! for the first time, is always more time-consuming than continuing with an existing project, the lesson activities in Power Up! are deliberately described in great detail in the teacher guide to help with planning, and to ensure continuity of bringing an empowerment approach to pupils.  If you plan to use Power Up! within form time or PSHE lessons, the teachers involved will simply read up on it a few days before, or different form tutors could lead on one section and email brief advice about what would work best.  Planning may be required for organising space/PC access/having a carry about version for note taking in lessons, and also to ensure simple resources are available if needed.  

To use the programme cross curricularly, the Pastoral lead/nominated teacher should refer to the planning grid to apportion the most suitable pieces of work out to each teacher. In year two, apart from additional improvements and minor changes, usage will be much quicker to organise.

6. Secondary: What should we do if our Ipads aren't ready for pupil use at the start of term?

You can begin either on PCs or print out workbook sections to use with pupils until Ipads are ready, or for the whole experience. Where possible, we suggest aiming to use the active media of the PC/Ipad as this interaction adds to the interest in the tasks.

7. General:  Is the programme assessed?

The nature of transition makes it more difficult to generate hard statistical evidence about its success. However, we are keen that pupils can demonstrate experiencing greater empowerment, and we have created a Before and After Questionnaire for them to fill in, which we will issue to schools upon purchase. We also have a fun End of First Term Questionnaire which demonstrates to the pupil that they have settled in at various levels in the school. This is available by clicking here.

8. General:  Can I use this year's programme next year?

The Power Up! products are licensed for the year of issue and then will be reissued as new editions for each consecutive year that schools wish to purchase and use it.  We are committed to maintaining a very affordable price point in order to facilitate schools to purchase the programme each year. Based on school feedback and technological and creative developments by the Power Up! team,  a new and improved edition will be available each year, should you choose to run it.  Each year a new password will be issued to you in order to enable you to stream videos (currently available on Power Up! Primary) and access any other improvements.  We ask schools to participate with us in bringing this high value low cost item to the school marketplace.    

9. General:  How does it link to the well being agenda, Ofsted and PSHE Association criteria?

The programmes link in well to official educational criteria and guidance issued for pupil wellbeing and relationships.  Please click the link for more details.

What type of additional resources are available?

A parents evening pack - including a video and a copy of a transition booklet for each parent; the PowerUp teachers book: Empowering transitioning students throughout the year.

What kind of outcomes should I expect from the programme?

When used to empower pupils and within a whole school approach, pupil outcomes may include:

The more the principles are emphasised throughout the school in all curriculum Areas, the quicker the school will experience greater cultural changes from the 5 key empowerment principles.

Can the whole school be trained?

If schools wish to implement the culture across the whole school, input from the Power Up! authors/directors to train senior and staff teams in the areas of the framework can be made available.

To meet with us, and to see samples of the materials, please contact us on: info@thecoachingdynamic.com