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

Transition from primary to secondary school

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This programme provides an insight into how one large secondary school, the Castle School in Gloucestershire, works to ease the transition from primary to secondary school for their new set of Year 7s.

Transitioning to Secondary School