Rise Above for Schools
Public Health England have developed a fantastic resource to help teach PSHE in secondary schools (with some being suitable for Year 6). Rise Above for Schools provides free PSHE resources that support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16.
The resource has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark for effective practice in PSHE teaching.
By including video content co-created by young people for young people, Rise Above for Schools is designed to help you to facilitate open and informed conversations with your students on a range of sometimes challenging areas of PSHE education.
These new resources include videos, lesson plans, activity ideas and guidance for teachers on topics such as bullying and cyberbullying, alcohol, positive relationships, smoking, exam stress, online stress and body image in a digital world. The guidance suggests how to integrate these topics within your planned PSHE programme, enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage real life situations related to each topic. Materials on further topics will be released later in the school year 2017.
- The resources have been created especially for 11 to 16 year-olds in secondary schools
- All resources link directly to the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education
- The lessons are built around peer-to-peer activities, to facilitate student-led discussion on how they might manage or cope with everyday pressures
- Students also have the opportunity to independently use Rise Above content, allowing them to consolidate their learning and explore topics of interest
Engaging film content
The Rise Above films feature positive role models (influencers and vloggers) and act as conversation starters to facilitate student-led discussion on multiple issues to build resilience.
The films support teachers in their PSHE teaching, learning outcomes and delivering key health messages. All film content is co-created and tested by young people
Flexible lesson plans
From 5 minute activities to 60 minute lessons, the lessons plans provide an extensive selection of flexible resources and video content that can be tailored to your PSHE class.
This includes specific starter activities to help carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding to track and evaluate their progress during the lesson.
Exploring sensitive topics
Core activities are designed to be used on a peer-to-peer basis, and include time to use the Rise Above website independently to consider topics students would prefer to explore on their own.
An independent study* has demonstrated that watching Rise Above video content for 10 minutes or more can drive positive behaviour change – young people reported a decrease in the appeal of risk-taking behaviours and found it significantly easier to talk to parents or carers about sensitive topics.
* by a leading research organisation (TNS BMRB, 2015-16)
We've included a few example lesson plans as downloads, but for the full resources please go to the Public Health England Rise Above for Schools site.
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