In this development phase, we want to focus on the role of the teacher/educator. The bullet points below are drawn from research with children and young people about what kind of RSHP education they want – thinking about the role of the facilitator and broadly what kind of approach is required.
In the coming months we would like to engage in a conversation about these questions:
- To what extent does your practice reflect the characteristics identified here?
- What information, support or skills development do you (and your colleagues) need so that it does?
- What would you add, amend or delete from this description?
THE TEACHER/EDUCATOR should:
- Be confident and happy to teach RSHP topics
- Plan the lessons, and know what they are doing
- Be someone who has discussions with children and young people
- Be approachable, someone a child/young person can talk to
- Respect the privacy of the child/young person
- Help children and young people to communicate better with parents about RSHP topics
- Have a sense of humour
- Be someone known, and not a ‘stand-in’.
THE ATMOSPHERE should be such that:
- People are listening
- No-one is embarrassed
- Everyone can give an opinion and not be judged
- No-one is frightened to give their opinion or ask a question
- No-one is put under pressure to contribute
- The teacher/educator respects the views of children/young people
- Everyone understands the rules for the class/group.
OVERALL, WHEN IT COMES TO RSHP EDUCATION:
- RSHP covers everything children and young people want to learn about
- There is a focus on the positive aspects of relationships
- There is no repeating the same topics and doing the same things
- Resources are up-to-date, dealing with issues that matter now
- There is enough time to explore things
- There is a chance to use real-life situations
- There are things to do, but time to talk
- There is no bias, negativity or nagging
- There are opportunities to work together in groups
- There is learning about where and how to get information, help or support
- Experts and visitors sometimes help out.
Over to you. Use the Feedback Form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the role of the teacher/educator further.