‘Rise Above for Schools’ programme to equip young people with coping strategies for modern life launched

Posted on: 14 September 2017

Public Health England are launching Rise Above for Schools, giving teachers the resources to equip young people with resilience skills and boost their wellbeing. The lesson plans cover issues from alcohol, to social media, to body image.

With around one in five young people experiencing cyberbullying and one in three reporting that their body was “too fat”, pupils aged between 11 and 16 will be taught how to cope with some of modern life’s most challenging issues, equipping them with resilience skills that will help them throughout adulthood.

PHE has developed a series of new resources for secondary school teachers to use in their lesson plans as part of the Rise Above for Schools programme. The resources will help teachers to engage pupils with coping strategies about ‘traditional’ health issues, like smoking and alcohol, while also addressing some of the most challenging pressures young people face today in an ‘always on’ social media generation.

The seven Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) lesson plans have been accredited by the PSHE Association and piloted with teachers, ensuring they are robust and of the highest quality. The resources include a range of techniques for teachers to employ to enable pupils to safely learn, explore and discuss coping strategies for dealing with issues, such as:

  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Alcohol use and smoking
  • Positive relationships and friendships
  • Exam stress
  • Online stress and social media
  • Body image in a digital world

The launch comes as new analysis by PHE shows that a supportive learning environment in schools, including good quality PSHE provision, is associated with improved health and wellbeing. Growing evidence also suggests that the skills and qualities acquired through PSHE have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, employability and future life chances.

Launching Rise Above for Schools at PHE’s Annual Conference, Prof. John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at PHE said:

“As natives of the social media world, young people have to navigate a minefield of challenges alongside enjoying the benefits.

“The new resources will help young people develop the coping mechanisms and life-skills to deal with the diverse challenges, from cyberbullying and exam stress to body image in a digital world.

“Rise Above for Schools uses relevant content in creative ways, tapping into inspirational video from vloggers and YouTubers to get young people talking about the things that matter to them, helping build a foundation of healthy behaviours that last into adulthood.”

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