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Our Programmes

Transition to S1

Our Transition to S1 programme is especially designed to assist cluster groups make the move from primary to secondary school, a time of major change for all pupils.

The residential programme supports schools by providing an intensive experience over 5 days. Through a combination of high and low ropes, tasks and challenges, and trust and confidence games, children are encouraged to become more independent and raise their awareness of other people. This experience gives them the confidence to take change in their stride  and  carry their new skills into the classroom.

Transition to S1 At A Glance

  • The programme is specifically designed for Primary 7 cluster groups and aims to equip children to manage in a new school environment.
  • SOEC’s Transition programme is a 4 night residential course.
  • The programme is built around 3 hour sessions and we aim to ensure that each group has the same tutor throughout their stay.
  • SOEC is uniquely geared towards accommodating large cluster groups with most Centres having bed space for over 200 people.

Learning Outcomes

  • Self-awareness
  • Increased independence and self-reliance
  • Openness to new thinking and ideas
  • Ability to relate to others and form positive relationships

Programme Overview

Transition Programme Overview

Transition to Work

SOEC is responding to the challenge of preparing young people to develop the qualities, skills and knowledge they’ll need for the world of work. We have produced a modular programme that suits different groups of school leavers with differing abilities. An SOEC Transition to Work programme can change a young person’s self-perception and develop a positive, ‘can-do’ mind-set that will improve their chances of success getting into and remaining in the workplace.

SOEC is working with partner, Elevator, to bring this new programme to schools and groups in the north east of Scotland.

Professor McEwan of Elevator says of SOEC,

“you are on the right tracks I’m sure.  I believe SOEC provides many solutions… nobody could disagree that the economy needs young people to experience what you do there if they are to guide us out of the mess we are leaving them behind.”

We’re also piloting a project with partners, Lothian Autistic Society, with school leavers with autistic spectrum diagnoses. The twin aims of this SNH funded project is to improve our understanding of the therapeutic value of the outdoors for these young people and simultaneously developing their employability skills.

SOEC is keen to work with groups who support vulnerable young people and those who face significant social, emotional or physical challenges to improve their skills