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Starting post primary school can be an overwhelming time for incoming first year students.

Following on from the success of the Stepping Up first year induction programme, 4Schools have published You Are Here, a supportive and refreshing approach to helping students transition to post primary school.

You Are Here – A Student's Guide to Navigating 1st Year is designed to give new students a comprehensive start on their post primary school journey. The idea behind the programme is to pace and repeat the information they receive as many new students find this a very challenging and overwhelming time. Placing the student at the centre of the induction process and dedicating time to settling them into their new school is essential to making this a positive experience.

The programme addresses the recurring issues that incoming first year's face and details the school supports that are available to all. It aims to equip students with the tools they need to be active members of their new school community and promotes positive learning behaviours from day one. 

The programme includes; an interactice student workbook, a detailed teacher manual, PowerPoint slides for each lesson and a full Appendix I.



€ 9.50

About the Author

The programme was designed and written by Elaine McLoughlin, a secondary school teacher of English and History at St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Glasnevin. Elaine has 11 years’ experience teaching and has been a Behaviour of Learning teacher since 2017, and coordinator for first year induction at St. Vincent’s.

Elaine has a special interest in how students’ transition. Having implemented her own programme in the school, Elaine felt that all schools could benefit from a comprehensive programme that not only supports students in settling in to secondary school but sets expectations and gives support to help students get the most out of their first year in secondary school.

Elaine McLoughlin - Author

The programme is broken down into three levels:

Level One – En Route

En Route is set around the initial days for the student in school, learning the fundamentals such as understanding their timetable, finding their way around the school, getting organised and knowing how to ask for help and where to get support.

Level Two – On the Right Track

On the Right Track focuses on the expectations the school has for students around respect, rules, attendance and punctuality. At this point it is also important to spend time letting students get to know one another, and supporting students in making friends within their class group. They will learn about extra-curricular activities in their school and how to avoid conflict.

Level Three - Reaching Your Destination

By now, the majority of new students have settled into secondary school. Reaching Your Destination guides students in becoming responsible members of their school community. One of the biggest hurdles for first years is learning how to manage their work. In this section, students will discover the best way to do this, with an introduction to studying, goal setting and exam preparation. Students will also learn about how their school communicates with home and how to achieve the best reports. They will become familiar with the Junior Cycle and the expectations for them over the next three years.

Reviewing the Journey

Reviewing the Journey is suggested for a post-midterm and post-Christmas review. Returning from breaks, students can lose focus in their approach to their work and their behaviour. It can be a great opportunity to revisit the key induction points and ensure they are embedded.

Recommended guide to using the programme in your school

  • The intention of the programme is to deliver 24 hours of induction which can be taken out of the 400 hours of wellbeing that students must receive as part of the Junior Cycle curriculum.
  • Each unit takes approximately two hours to deliver. This can be completed in one class or broken down into two 1-hour classes or three 40-minute classes.
  • There are many ways that your school may plan to deliver this programme. It is set up to allow for flexibility and to cater for the student and school needs of your school. Each unit begins with an ice breaker to help set the tone for students, and breaks can be added if necessary.