Evaluation of Skylight’s Travellers programme

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Travellers is an early intervention programme run by Skylight for students (generally in Year 9) in New Zealand secondary schools.In order to build on existing studies on Travellers, Skylight commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to conduct an external evaluation that explored the short- and medium-term outcomes for the young people who took part in this programme in 2008 or 2009. This study
began in April 2011 and finished in January 2012. The overarching evaluation questions were:

  • What are the short- and medium-term impacts of the Travellers programme for young people?
  • How well is the Travellers programme meeting the needs of particular target groups?
  • How can the Travellers programme be improved?



Travellers – on the road to resilience.

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Young people today experience change at a pace more rapid than previous generations, for instance starting a new school, changing friendships, moving cities or countries and family and personal health issues.

When young people struggle to cope with these and other transitional events, emotional distress may result, particularly if they don’t have the skills and/or support to cope.

Skylight’s TravellersTM programme recognises these young people that need the extra help and support

VIDEO CLIPS about getting through tough times

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VIDEO CLIPS about getting through tough times


Take a look at 8 short and honest video clips by young people talking about ways they’ve used to get through tough times. You can click on any of the topics on the You Tube playlist below or go to SkylightNZ’s channel on You Tube.

A Level 3, 4 credit Unit Standard for Peer Support Students

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A Level 3, 4 credit Unit Standard for Peer Support 

This unit standard is intended for senior students in secondary schools who are leaders in the Peer Support programme. People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the Peer Support programme; plan a Peer Support session in accordance with the needs of the participants and the topic; demonstrate leadership skills during the facilitation of a Peer Support group session; and evaluate own leadership skills during the facilitation of a Peer Support group session.

Here is the NZQA link –  http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/results.do?query=18862&view=&type=ALL&level=&maxItems=100&search-button=Search&

Peer Support in NZ

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Peer Support in NZ

The Peer Support Programme offers secondary schools the opportunity to provide new entrants to secondary school  structured introduction to school under the guidance of senior students who are trained as leaders.

The programme offers activities which support the acquisition by students of key competencies such as managing self, relating to others, and participating and contributing.

Secondary Pastoral Care Video

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Here’s a useful video discussing the role of the tutor. in secondary schools. This could be useful to show your tutor teams. The video also touches on peer mentoring for students