Life Education Central England reach: 28,403 children in 142 schools (2016/17)
Life Education Central England deliver Health and Well-being educational programmes to children aged 3-11 years in schools, SEN and nursery settings. We visit schools across Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, and Dudley. During our Life Bus sessions the children meet our mascot Harold the Giraffe, who helps them to gain confidence, have fun and share ideas and skills.
Each age-appropriate, interactive programme is designed to help develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding that children need to make healthy life choices particularly related to substance misuse. Our work includes Life Bus sessions offering 8-14 years olds education sessions delivered within the school classroom – topics include Drug & Health and Relationships Education including Puberty. Children receive a certificate and sticker – a take home reminder of our visit and a very useful tool to help encourage them to talk to their families about what they experienced and learnt during the sessions.
‘Such a valuable resource, it is great to have such well-structured and carefully thought out sessions delivered by specialist teachers.’ (Teacher quote)
We also deliver bCyberwise, a set of online safety resources teaching children how to be safe and respectful online. Schools that book the Life Bus can also benefit from a subscription to SCARF online resources at no extra cost, to help embed PSHE education and a whole school approach to wellbeing throughout the year. New for this year, SCARF includes a new Relationships Education Programme to prepare schools for statutory Relationships and Sex Education from 2019.
Our service provision includes Parenting ‘Famililife’ for parents/carers of children 0-11 years and ‘Whatever! u & ur Teenager’ for parents/carers of young people 10-19 years, focusing on positive relationships & behaviour management, physical health and emotional wellbeing. Our Family Learning health workshops offer a great opportunity for children and parents/carers to have time to enjoy and achieve together, find out further information and communicate about important health topics within a safe environment. The aim of our parenting and family learning work is to help increase the protective factors within families.
‘I had the opportunity in a really different way to explain to my daughter how and why to make the right decisions.’ (parent)