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Greater London Authority – Stepping Stones Evaluation

Thursday 1 March 2018


The transition from primary to secondary school is a period of significant change in the lives of young people. Many children embrace and adapt to this change, particularly when they are well supported by parents, families and school.  There is, however, a significant minority of students who experience uncertainty, risk, and anxiety around transition, or who are not equipped with the necessary skillset to navigate this change successfully.

The Stepping Stones pilot programme was launched by the GLA for the 2016/17 academic year and was aimed at vulnerable young people considered at risk during the transition from primary to secondary school. The programme was designed to secure improvements in attendance; educational attainment; and behaviour within school, through a range of engagement activities and peer mentoring support.

OPM Group was commissioned by the GLA to evaluate the pilot programme, to provide evidence of what works and why in supporting the transition from primary to secondary school for vulnerable young people. Download our evaluation report and executive summary to learn about the findings from our evaluation.

In addition to our evaluation report, we also produced a toolkit of resources, video case studies and information to help schools implement Stepping Stones in the future. The toolkit can be found here: