Welcome to Next Step Forward


Delivering expert Wellbeing & Resilience Workshops for students transitioning from primary school to secondary and secondary to college.

Workshop Info


Transitioning to secondary school or college can be a time that is mentally challenging for a 6th class pupils and leaving cert students wellbeing.

The School Transitioning, Wellbeing and Me Workshop will look at the elements of wellbeing and each student will be empowered in developing their own resilience skills to help them on their journey into secondary school and third level. Each student will leave the workshop with a bespoke Personal Wellbeing Plan to prepare them for the next step in their education.


Going to secondary workshop content

  • My Mind and Me – What is wellbeing.
  • Wellbeing Wobbles – What causes them, what they look like and how to solve them.
  • Secondary School- First Week Survival Tools.
  • Be in Control- Power of positivity and building resilience skills.
  • Personal Wellbeing Plan- Creating an individual, bespoke wellbeing and resilience plan.

Going to college workshop content

  • My Wellbeing-My Mind and me-what is wellbeing?
  • Stress- What causes it, what it looks like and how to manage it?
  • 1st Month in College- First Month Survival Skills.
  • Be in Control- Taking responsibility for self-care, digital awareness, boundaries.
  • Identifying steps to take in a mental health. crisis.
  • Personal Wellbeing Plan- Creating an individual, bespoke wellbeing and resilience plan.

Next Step Forward Mission

Our Objective

The objective of the workshop is to enable students to begin to take ownership of their personal wellbeing and resilience through identifying stressors and establishing a plan for interventions for themselves that they can maintain while they make the school transition and beyond. The practical aspects of moving secondary school are also covered in part three of the workshop.



Hi, I’m Dorothy Scarry and I will be facilitating the workshops.

I am a member of the Society of Occupational Medicine, Association of Health Promotion Ireland, INTO and Teaching Council. Over the last five years, I have taught fifth and sixth classes and have witnessed the heightened anxiety and worry experienced by both pupils and their parents – when transitioning from primary to secondary school. This September, my eldest child is beginning secondary school so I understand first hand the anxiety experienced.

I will be bringing to the workshops insights from many angles; as a health and wellbeing expert, mum of a sixth class student, a sixth class teacher and as a secondary school teacher who has worked with first year students


What Students Say

“I liked the workshop structure. It was a good mix of everything- working together, by ourselves, the videos were very good. I learned how to take care of my own wellbeing”


Sixth Class Student

Co Roscommon.

“It was really creative.  It was a really nice way to learn about wellbeing.  I thought how you did the timetable was good.  It was nice to know that the others were feeling the same as me about going to secondary school”

Sixth Class Student


“Many thanks Dorothy for your presentation and interactive lessons in our school last week.

The children were really engaged in the workshop and the opportunity to identify and discuss their stresses in life. They seemed to be surprised to learn that so many of them have similar difficulties and we were surprised to learn so many didn’t talk about their worries with others.

It was a great opportunity for the children to open up, identify and discuss their mental well being. A very important topic in today’s world! 

Thank You.

Athlone Teacher

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some the most frequently asked questions about the workshops but if you don’t find what you’re looking for please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help!

Who should attend the workshop?

All students transitioning from sixth class to secondary school or leaving cert to college.

Can I bring a friend or family member with me who is not taking the workshop?

Only students undertaking the workshop may attend the workshop?

Is facilitator Garda vetted

Yes. Facilitator is Garda vetted.

Has facilitator completed Child Protection course?


How long does the workshop last?

The workshop runs for two hours straight with no breaks. Please ensure you have eaten before attending the workshop.

How many participants to a workshop?

Course is limited to 20 places.

How much does the workshop cost?

The workshop costs 40 euro for two hours, payable upfront and non refundable – booking fees apply.

Is there homework for the student?

Yes, students are encouraged to discuss topics covered in the workshop at home with parents that evening.

How are the topics selected?

Topics covered are in line with the National Primary and Secondary Curriculum and the latest thoughts on resilience and wellbeing.

Where and when will the workshops be held?

Please check out site for updates on dates and events.


Advice & Updates

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