Our Education Programme was originally designed for children aged 10 to 13, but has proven to be suitable for students right up to young adults. Having won several local and national awards for the three lessons, “Safe Adults”, “Consequences” and “The Facts”, head teachers in Hertfordshire asked the charity to expand the Programme to include other vital lessons and create a 6-week scheme of work for their pupils.
After several brainstorming sessions we agreed a framework for a new scheme of work that would be built in three ‘zones’ and would be offered to schools via our website though a subscription service. We have been working on this for 18 months and the result is a complete Learning Experience, with each zone containing a package of 6 detailed lesson plans, which include PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, printed resources, and homework to set. We have designed the whole programme taking into consideration different learning styles, so lessons include class discussion, group work, role play, ICT, art, problem solving, independent tasks, brainstorming etc. Our main aim was for the lessons to be designed so they could be deemed ‘outstanding’ on an OFSTED inspection.
Originally planned for school years 6, 7 and 8, the programme has recently been taught in further education establishments, so really works well for teenagers young adults. In the new Learning Experience, each Zone is based around one of the three original films & lessons:
Zone 1 is suitable for primary school children (year 6) upwards, and includes topics such as Safe Choices, Peer Pressure, Bullying, Internet Safety, Safe Adults etc
Zone 2 is for secondary pupils upwards, and is centred around the consequences of the choices we make. Lessons include Choices, Gangs and Weapons, Consequences, Knives and the Law etc
Zone 3 is a powerful series of lessons that lays out some cold hard facts, including Knife Crime, Gang Culture, the Judicial System, and ends with a Group Presentation to bring together all the pupils have learnt.
The new Learning Experience was launched at The Astley Cooper School on 19th October 2016 and many schools have now subscribed as a result of the launch.
Please click on this picture to watch a short clip that was filmed at Astley Cooper School and follows a class being taught a lesson in Zone 3: