Stepping Up

MFC Foundation are the pioneers of the Stepping Up Transition project.

Starting in May 2016 after consultations with schools and local authorities, it was recognised that the gap from primary to secondary school was too big for some vulnerable young people.

The project initially started with three secondary schools and 12 primary schools; it has now grown to four secondary schools and 28 primary schools (three of the four secondary schools have remained, with one new secondary school being added with an expansion in to East Cleveland).

Four full time staff are all assigned to a secondary school, and a cluster of their associated feeder primaries. Their delivery timetables are split in half across the year. From February through to July, staff work within the primary school setting, getting to know young people in year six and preparing them for their step up. In September, staff actually transition to the secondary school with them and stay with them in their new educational environment until February (the cycle then begins again with a new cohort of young people).

To supplement their school delivery, staff also deliver Premier League Kicks three evenings a week in their local communities, signposting young people from schools to the sessions. This provides wraparound care and allows more consistent and regular access to a role model for the young people to look up to.

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of schools, staff have created a menu of support for young people to access to aid them with their transition to secondary school. This year in particular is going to be especially challenging, so the importance of having a ready-made mentor is going to be even more beneficial. This support can be tailored to the individual, or used as a whole by schools. Our valued partner schools will all receive these transition packs and resources.

For further information, please contact steven.bell@mfcfoundation.co.uk


Foundation And CPI Join Forces To Offer Career Guidance

UNSURE what your next steps should be?  Want to find a job but have no idea what kind of job you’d like to do?  Have a career goal but don’t know how to get there?

Would you like two of Teesside’s best players on your team?

For more information call Paul on 07584 504976 or email enquiries@mfcfoundation.co.uk

On September 27th we will be launching an exciting two-week course, Future Innovators, looking at new ways to find jobs you would love to do and creative methods of showing your skills and potential to employers.

Sponsored by CPI and delivered by MFC Foundation, this is your opportunity to have help from two of the best known organisations in Teesside and be our next success story.

With our combined expertise and business networks, alongside fantastic supportive staff we can help you to score your career goals.

MFC Foundation are the Middlesbrough Football Club’s official charity. With our fantastic network of local businesses and training organisations we have supported hundreds of young people into work through the unique power of sport.

CPI works with partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve our environment, and increase productivity across industries. They are experts at helping technology businesses take a small idea and through research, problem solving and creativity turn that idea into a success story.

CPI want to show you how to use the same skills to find a career that is right for you.