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About Our Courses
Delivering in schools since 1998 Straight Talking courses for 14-16 year old pupils are facilitated by trained peer educators, who deliver a well-designed curriculum to a high standard. There are two available courses relating to The Realities of Teenage Parenthood and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The course on the Realities of Teenage Parenthood focuses on the social, emotional and financial aspects of teenage parenthood, from a perspective of personal experience. It is designed to compliment existing, good quality Relationships and Sex Education programmes. Many young people may know how not to get pregnant—the biology—but they do not know why not to get pregnant—the implications.
The CSE module looks at identifying behaviours and feelings associated with healthy and unhealthy relationships, identifying behaviours that indicate grooming, understanding what constitutes consent, understanding what rape is and understanding potential consequences of sharing indecent images online or by text. A key aspect is helping pupils understand that sexual exploitation is not their fault, that they clearly understand that they can ask for help at any point and that they know where they can access help and support.
We believe that the quality of training and the level of support provided to Peer Educators are key drivers for the success of the Straight Talking programme. Our materials are interactive, designed to aid self-discovery and encourage two-way dialogue. As testament to the quality of work, we are booked and re-booked year-on-year, in many of the schools in which we work.
‘Our analysis highlighted that the peer- educator employees are well trained and use tried and tested approaches to unpack key issues and messages within the classroom. The effectiveness of the peer– educator in communicating is therefore interlinked with the high quality of the messages and supporting material they were applying.’ Independent evaluation by Deloitte 2016
Our Peer Educators and all of our staff are enhanced DBS checked and our programme requires that a teacher be in attendance with the class at all times. This is an essential element which ensures both the safeguarding of pupils and that the peer educators are able to appropriately handle all questions that may arise from the open format of the discussions.
How Straight Talking courses link to the National Curriculum and OFSTED requirements
LINKS TO THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Sex and Relationship Education Guidance, DfEE 0116/2000
1.17) .. sex education within a broader base of self-esteem and responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions.
1.18) .. ● teach about relationships, love and care and the responsibilities of parenthood as well as sex;
● focus on boys as much as girls;
● build self-esteem;
● teach the taking on of responsibility and the consequences of one’s actions in relation to sexual activity and parenthood;
● use young people as peer educators, e.g.. teenage mothers and fathers;
● give young people a clear understanding of the arguments for delaying sexual activity and resisting pressure;
1.21) .. meaningful discussion about feelings, relationships and values help young people to respect themselves and others, and understand difference.
1.22) .. focus on boys as much as girls
3.1) .. ● receive their sex education in the wider context of relationships; and
● are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
3.5) .. ● develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions, judgements and behaviour;
● be aware of their sexuality and understand human sexuality;
● understand the arguments for delaying sexual activity;
● understand the reasons for having protected sex;
● understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within sexual and pastoral relationships;
● confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others and respect for individual conscience and the skills to judge what kind of relationships they want;
● communicate effectively;
● avoid being exploited or exploiting others;
● avoid being pressured into unwanted or unprotected sex;
● know how the law applies to sexual relationships.
6.9) .. particular life experiences of the educators can help young people understand how sex and relationships can affect people positively and negatively. Example – a young teenage mothers talking about their experiences of having a child and offering advice and support to their peers;
LINKS TO OFSTED
In its revised Framework for school inspection Ofsted (2014) has added “British values” explicitly to the social strand of SMSC –
The social development of pupils is shown by their “acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain”.
LINKS TO EVERY CHILD MATTERS OUTCOMES
Being Healthy: enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle
Staying Safe: being protected from harm and neglect
Enjoying & Achieving: getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood
Making a Positive Contribution: being involved with the community and society and not engaging in anti-social or offending behaviour
Economic Well-Being: not being prevented by economic disadvantage from achieving their full potential in life
She was openly talking about wanting to be pregnant until she realised in talking with the peer educator that she had a choice to make with her life.