We can provide a PSHE session, assembly or workshop (either in person or online) taking your students through our own honest and open journey with alcohol and informing them about its risks and dangers in a relatable and non-judgemental way, so students are armed with the information to make informed choices about future drinking. We also explore the emotions and fears, through our own experiences, about parental drinking, which can have a lasting effect on their adult life. We can provide a follow-up lesson plan and resources for your teachers, if required.
The new Ofsted framework recognises that in order for pupils to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, they need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing and health in order to build their self-efficacy, including issues surrounding alcohol. We work with your teachers and students by delivering PSHE sessions and/or assemblies about the impact of alcohol on individuals, society and family plus exploring the impact of peer pressure. All our speakers are enhanced DBS checked. Our fun and interactive sessions, tackle complex issues such as:
The reasons people drink
All too often, during a typical PSHE lesson about alcohol where teachers are stressing the risks involved and highlighting the dangers, one in five of the class is sat there thinking “you’re talking about my mum/dad”.
Today, young people’s drinking habits differ from older generations. According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, recent trends suggest that they drink less often during the week, but that they are more prone binge drinking when they do. At first glance, official figures on drinking habits indicate that in recent years, while young people have been drinking above the average unit consumption per week, they now drink less than the UK average. Young people also drink fewer times during the week than most other age groups. But when they do drink, a significant proportion engage ‘binge’ drinking.
As teachers of these young people, it is your responsibility to educate them and tackle this as a preventative measure, it is essential to unpick the habits of young people and make adequate and effective interventions before lasting damage has been done, in an explorative and interactive way and to provide non-judgemental support to encourage them to speak about their worries and fears surrounding their home life, their own drinking habits, peer pressure, a friend’s drinking or to generally debunk myths surrounding alcohol use.
We sponsor Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) to provide help for young people who may need it and will soon be voluntary speakers for this charity, alongside what we already do.
The feedback from both staff and pupils was that the session ran really well. It both met the needs of the statutory framework, but also engaged pupils throughout – this is not a topic for cultural reasons that they give much consideration to, so they were fascinated.
The delivery was really smooth and the use of resources to involve the pupils furthered the aforementioned engagement.
Levenshulme High School
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