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Spectrum’s RSE team use their skills to ensure that the students enjoy the lessons and can ask questions freely. This led to one girl taking things further…
After one of these lessons taught at a school in Wakefield, a member of the RSE team was approached by a member of the class, ‘Chloe’, who said she had had unprotected sex only 3 days prior.
Chloe was persistently absent from school, and attended the RSE lesson after encouragement from other teachers. She had not realised the high risk of pregnancy with unprotected sex until the subject was covered by the RSE team.
The RSE team discussed high rates of teenage pregnancy and explained to students that Spectrum’s sexual health clinics, as well as our C-Card scheme, are designed to offer advice and support about prevention of pregnancy and STIs, as well as providing contraception and screenings. The class also covered the EHC (Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive) – the ‘morning after’ pill.
For Chloe, being able to relate to these lessons and making her aware of the help available to her in her locality, enabled her to take action that would impact upon her future.
Chloe was engaged throughout the lesson and contributed to discussions and tasks. The friendly and engaging teaching methods of the RSE team allowed her the courage to talk privately to our team about her situation, after the lesson – she now realised she needed help.
The RSE team member was able to get the student an EHC and book her in for an appointment at the local Spectrum sexual health clinic as soon as possible.
This unique drama performance and workshop explores difficult issues that young people face as they grow up, including sex and relationships, underage drinking and peer pressure. The play centres on three students on their final day at school, looking back at things they wish they had known in Year Seven and considering how their decisions will impact their future. It explores the choices and decisions young people can be faced with about relationships and substance misuse.
‘Yearbook’ is followed by a brief workshop which allows students to discuss the issues raised by the play, including risky behaviour and the importance of making healthy choices.
Andi Cope, RSE Programme Lead for Spectrum, says, “Our Relationship and Sexual Health Education programme has proven very effective for older students but we wanted to develop a project that would specifically target younger students.
“By focusing on the characters within the performance and the situations they were in, a distance is created between the students and the topics raised. This helps a younger audience to feel comfortable enough to join in the discussions without it feeling personal.”
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