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Year 7 learning to make 'Smart Moves'

30th January 2018

Year 7 students at Staffordshire University Academy are being provided with a fantastic opportunity to develop their resilience with the ‘Smart Moves’ programme. The programme is designed to enable students to discover what helps and guides them to think about who they can enlist to support them. It also encourages students to identify the positive aspects of their life and develop problem solving skills they can apply to their studies and everyday life.

Head of Year 7 and Year 6 transition, Mr. Chris Shepherd said, “Our Year 7s have made a fantastic start to their secondary school education. We wanted to continue their personal development and help them to manage their emotions and be able to express themselves and their aspirations. Although the programme is still in its infancy, there have already been many instances where we have been able to discuss, in greater depth, the ambitions of the students as well as providing them with the platforms and guidance to explore possible solutions to problems that have arisen.”

SUA are one of the first secondary schools in the area to deliver the programme. Year 7 will continue to follow the programme for the next 6 months, building resilient learners and enabling them to face the tasks that life throws at them throughout their time here at SUA and beyond. 

Mr. Shepherd added, “We have been really impressed so far with the programme.  We are excited to be able to offer this and it will form part of the transition process when our new Year 7 students join us in September, continuing the work that our pastoral teams do to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary education.”  


SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership.  The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support.  In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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