Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is a programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and young people to grow and develop as individuals, as members of families and of social and economic communities. Discussions about ‘Healthy Relationships’ have been a priority recently during PSHE lessons for Huxlow’s Year 10 students.
Students have been encouraged to use the ‘Disrespect NoBody’ website to understand more about relationship abuse. To support their learning, Northamptonshire Police provided a drama workshop session on Thursday 3rd March called “The Power of Love”, delivered by the Solomon Theatre Company. The students watched a powerful live drama performance all about families, friends and relationships. This was followed by a discussion about the types of abuse that exist in relationships and how the characters and our young people could be putting themselves and each other at risk of breaking the law. The discussion also focused on the characteristics of a healthy relationship including trust, respect and balance. The students were then given the opportunity to question the actors about their actions in the drama, to gain a better understanding of each of their characters and their motivations.
The key messages for our young people are:
“Disrespect NoBody: There’s a person attached to every body, respect both.
Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself.
Relationships can be confusing and it can be difficult to understand what is and isn’t normal behaviour.
But disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour can come in many forms. It isn’t limited to just physical behaviour; it can also go way beyond that. For example, it’s not OK for someone to try and pressure you into sending a nude pic, or to expect the same things to happen that they’ve seen in a porn film. If someone makes you do something you don’t want to, makes you feel scared, intimidated or tries controlling you, it’s not acceptable and is never OK."