CWP releases new resource

Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence in Secondary Schools is the fourth resource in our Teaching with Confidence series. We use the same popular format which provides teachers with armfuls of resources to teach our easy-to-follow lesson plans and schemes of work for Years 7 – 11. Basically everything a busy secondary school needs to address the issues raised by drugs, tobacco and alcohol use.

Cornwall supports new Drug Pack

Thank you so much Cornwall Healthy Schools and Kate Pordage who has nudged, urged, praised and found funding to support us in producing our new resource: Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence in Secondary Schools.  Teachers in Cornwall have given it the thumbs up already – click on our curriculum overview to see what you think.  Copies can be ordered on our resources page.

Sexual Exploitation

Issues concerning the sexual exploitation of young people – and young women in particular – have been much in the news lately. Recent studies are also telling us that significant numbers of young people are experiencing domestic violence in their relationships. (The British Crime Survey 2009/10 found that 16-19-year-olds were the group most likely to suffer abuse from a partner).

In September the coalition government announced that the definition of domestic violence will now extend to young people under 18, aiming to increase awareness that young people in this age-group do experience domestic violence and abuse. The government also launched its Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan this year.

From our point of view these findings more than ever reinforce the need for a robust sex and relationships programme in both primary and secondary schools. This view was expressed by Yvette Cooper – Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities – in her speech to the Labour Party conference in October.

It is vital that we continue to teach children in an age appropriate way, about issues such as the meaning of consent in relationships or friendships, what is and is not appropriate behaviour, and where pupils/students can get help and support. CWP has over the years incorporated these issues into its work and we know that pupils value the opportunity to engage with them.

Give us your views – how can educators/practitioners help young people to have safe, healthy relationships?