Positive relationships

Introduction

This one hour workshop considers the many different types of relationships that young people have with friends, family and adults that have a prominent and influential role in their lives.  This includes teachers, sports coaches and the boundaries that govern these relationships.  The course covers why boundaries are important, how to recognise and exert our own and the importance of acknowledging and respecting others.

Outcomes

Core theme 1 - health and wellbeing

  • deepen understanding of good and not so good feelings.  Extend vocabulary to enable them to explain both the range and intensity of their feelings to others
  • learn about change including transitions between schools
  • recognise how their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe
  • how pressure to behave in unacceptable, unhealthy or risky ways can come from a variety of sources including the media
  • develop strategies for keeping safe online, the importance of protecting personal information and the distribution of images of themselves and others
  • how to manage requests for images of themselves or others, what is and is not appropriate to ask for/share and where to go for help

Relates to KS2: H6, H8, H11, H13, H14, H22 and H25

Core theme 2 - relationships

  • recognise and respond appropriately to a wider range of feelings in others and that their actions affect themselves and others
  • recognise what constitutes a positive healthy relationship and develop skills to form and maintain relationships
  • recognise ways in which relationships can be unhealthy and where to go for help
  • recognise different types of relationships and the different boundaries that come with these relationships
  • develop an understanding of civil partnerships and marriage as a public demonstration of commitment
  • that their actions affect themselves and others
  • judge what kind of physical contact is and is not acceptable and how to respond
  • differences between secrets and surprises
  • develop strategies to resolve conflict and disputes
  • how to recognise bullying in all its forms
  • that two people who love and care for each other can be in a committed relationship and not be married or in a civil partnership
  • understand personal boundaries.  Identify what they are willing to share with their most special people and that we all have rights to privacy

Relates to KS2: R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R12, R14, R18, R19, R21

Core theme 3 - living in the wider world

  • To realise the consequences of antisocial, aggressive and harmful behaviours such as bullying and discrimination and how to respond accordingly
  • Respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions in resolving differences
  • Critically examine social media and how this can misrepresent and influence attitudes, opinions and behaviours

Relates to KS2: L6, L8, L18

Service Description

Class discussion and group activities prompt pupils to share ideas and reach a consensus of what makes for a healthy positive relationship.  Also covers how to recognise when a relationship is unhealthy in a range of contexts, be this bullying, grooming or abuse.  We look at power and consent within relationships and pose the question; is it hard to refuse consent for something that makes you uncomfortable.  If the person seeking your consent is in a position of power over you? How do we deal with this, who do we tell?  What are the key concerns that might prevent us from reporting unwanted or inappropriate behaviour?

Pupils are advised on key differences between a secret and a surprise and are challenged to recognise and manage this with scenario activities.

Online relationships, via social media and online gaming platforms such as Xbox live and PlayStation network are discussed  The NSPCC videos ‘I saw your willy’ and ‘Lucy and the boy’ are shown.  These highlight the risks and consequences involved with sending images via snapchat, and entering into conversations and forming ‘friendships’  with people we don’t know in real life.  Also cover the ways in which people can pretend to be someone they are not online.  Pupils are also informed of ways of blocking and reporting unwanted communications online.  They are given advice on keeping themselves safe when using apps that have built in GPS tracking such as the Snapmaps feature on Snapchat.

Exploring the anxieties they may have about transitioning into year 7 and how to overcome these.

Availability

The workshops can be:

  • provided to all schools across the Lincolnshire 
  • delivered to individual tutor groups or whole year groups
  • available to participate in Ace/Aspire Days
  • adapted according to the specific learning needs of students, with elements being added, expanded on or removed, as appropriate
Cost

£55 per tutor group

£200 year group assembly

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