A Great 2013 – and more to come next year…

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It’s been a fabulous year here at Social Sense and we are indebted to all the schools and commissioners who have made it possible to grow the R U Different? programme in new parts of the UK.

In the background we have been working hard to build on the results delivered so far and I’d like to end the year by giving you a quick preview of what’s coming next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Stop Shouting! There’s a Better Way

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Those of you who work directly with young people will know that the direct approach rarely works.  You can tell a teenager till you’re blue in the face that risk taking behaviours are a very bad idea, but he won’t hear you, even while he nods and smiles. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Tips for Positively Changing Youth Perceptions

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People always ask me to tell them the most effective Interventions for achieving positive attitude, perception and behaviour change among young people.

The answer I always give them is feedback, more feedback and then even more feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

Carrot 1 – Stick 0: Getting Past Teenagers’ Selective Hearing

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We can’t resist giving ourselves a gentle pat on the back after having seen the recent blog post by Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England National Director for Health & Wellbeing. Read the rest of this entry »

Tackling Risk Taking Behaviour and Getting Results

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“Results in Swindon show us that [R U Different?] can change perceptions and behaviours and, later on in life, when these young people aren’t smoking and aren’t drinking to excess, they will have better health outcomes.”
Cherry Jones, Acting Director of Public Health, Swindon Borough Council

There aren’t many projects connected to Risky Behaviours that can be proven to be measurably effective, but increasingly this is what every local authority and school really needs – and wants. Read the rest of this entry »

PSHE and the National Curriculum 2013

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PSHE and the Department for Education – National Curriculum Guidance

I’m sure you’re no doubt aware now that the Government’s PSHE education review, concluded in March 2013, stated that PSHE education would remain non-statutory and that no new programmes of study would be published. However, the DfE has stated within its National Curriculum guidance that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. This position was reinforced by the Government’s latest draft of the national curriculum framework, published on 8th July. Read the rest of this entry »

Not Yet Good Enough…

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You’re probably already familiar with the recent Ofsted Summary of this name, presenting key findings from the 2013 PSHE education report, but have you considered how you might ensure that your school doesn’t fall into the Ofsted ‘requires improvement/inadequate’ 40%? Read the rest of this entry »