On Friday 23 March, we are delighted to welcome guest speakers from ‘I can and I am’ and ‘Stand Against Violence’ as part of our PSHE programme.

Students in Years 7 and 8 will take part in a special presentation by James Shone from ‘I can and I am’, a charity with a passion to inspire confidence in every individual and enable them to get to know who they are and what they are able to do, rather than focussing on what they can’t.

James is presenting a highly engaging, relevant and challenging talk. This includes James’ personal story of overcoming a major setback, discussions on mindset and self confidence, videos and lots more. The students will also have time to ask questions at the end of the speech.

For more information, please visit their website: http://icanandiam.com/

‘Stand Against Violence’ works with young people up to the age of 25 years and their associates to prevent violence. Their work to date has received overwhelmingly positive feedback reporting reductions in violence, fighting and improved attitudes towards violence. They will deliver violence prevention workshops and talks to students in Years 9 and 10.

The workshops and talks focus on personal safety; anger and aggression; basic life support and the awareness of choices and consequences. These workshops are ideal for PSHE, safeguarding and safety awareness education.

Their Anti-Violence workshop focuses on a real life story of 17-year-old Lloyd Fouracre who was attacked and killed on a night out. They use a bespoke film featuring interviews with Lloyd’s family and friends and a re-enactment of the events of the night. This is followed by a discussion and an empathy exercise. The workshop will also explore levels of violence in the UK and what students can do to keep themselves safe. The session is interactive with lots of opportunities for questions and answers.

Students learn to identify with the power of choice and behaviour linked to it and how to respond to violent situations making safe decisions.

Over 80% of the young people taught report improved attitudes towards violence and bullying following delivery of this workshop. Further information on Stand Against Violence and their work with young people can be found at: https://standagainstviolence.co.uk/

We hope that students will find the workshops useful and informative.

Mrs S Tuke
Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral