We're hiring- Youth Facilitator / Project Coordinator

Position: Youth Facilitator / project Coordinator 

Salary: £20,000 - 25,000

Organisation name: Beyond the Classroom

About us

Beyond the Classroom is a youth-led education Social Enterprise. We deliver innovative personal development programmes to young people, predominantly through theatre and peer-mentoring. Our mission is to equip young people with the tools to make decisions and take action based on their own needs, feelings and motivations.

We are looking for:

This is a new and exciting position with our ambitious, creative youth led organisation. We seek an inspiring, energetic and positive youth facilitator / project assistant to help us deliver our long-term Girlhood to Womanhood programme with schools across London. As a facilitator, you will be able to implement the use of music and or drama in the delivery of personal and professional development programmes. Please bear in mind that our work involves using the performing arts to develop young people’s wellbeing and confidence, the arts are a method of facilitation rather than a primary outcome of our work.

The role will be split between direct facilitation work with groups of young people in schools and community settings, as well as joining us in our south London office to support the operations and administration of our work. We are keen to attract individuals who are able to support our organisational operations in one or more of the following areas: General administration, social media, film-making, curriculum design, copy writing and graphic design.

Person Specification

Are you passionate about empowering young women to make positive change through the performing arts? Do you aspire to be a positive, relatable and inspiring role model for young women? If so, this position could be for you!

This position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop their career within the youth, personal development sector. You will share the team’s passion for youth empowerment, social enterprise and be looking to apply your skills and experience to this area. You should have a proven commitment to this area of work, demonstrated through at least one to two years’ previous full-time, part-time and / or voluntary experience within a similar role.

You will thrive in a small, creative and resourceful team and be willing to work flexibly within your role.  We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual with strong personal development and communication skills. The successful applicant will have the initiative and leadership-skills required to ensure smooth programme delivery of innovative life-skills programmes.

If you share our vision for youth provision that is more responsive to contemporary issues and would like the opportunity to work with a small, progressive, proactive and exciting social organisation, this could be the role for you!

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

The role

The position involves 2 days a week supporting our operations in the office and a half day working with one of our partner schools. There is the potential to increase the amount of direct facilitation time with young people in the new academic year from September/October 2018.

Creative Communication

Depending on your own skills and interests we are looking for a candidate to support the development of organisational communications in one or more of the following areas:

  • Social media –  Development and maintenance across a variety of networks
  • Film-making – The production of short films for both marketing and to support our young people in collating and producing their own personal portfolios
  • Curriculum Design – Updating of our programme content and design with engaging and innovative tools and techniques.
  • Copy writing – Producing engaging and compelling content for newsletters, blogs, brochures and other written communication
  • Branding and graphic design – Support in the production of online and printed literature
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General administration

  • Provide administrative support to operations team
  • Booking and managing accreditation moderations for young people
  • Compiling and maintaining our weekly alumni newsletter
  • Updating spreadsheets and producing regular reports
  • Any other ad-hoc duties as directed

Facilitation

  • Your primary objective will be to positively impact the decision-making skills and wellbeing of a group of 11 – 19 year old young females within a school setting.
  • Facilitate an effective and engaging youth programme, to support young women in dealing with sensitive issues within the Girlhood to Womanhood theme (e.g. teenage relationship abuse, peer pressure & low self-esteem). With a strong focus on the use of mentoring and the performing arts.
  • The programme will involve a group of young females using their creativity and personal experience to devise an original piece of performance.  You will be responsible for developing their confidence, self-value and self-esteem throughout this process.
  • You will take responsibility and initiative for ensuring that the programme meets its aims and objectives, including monitoring and evaluation.

 

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate

  • Evidence of a clear DBS history
  • Proven passion for youth development and strong background in working with young people of diverse backgrounds and needs
  • Openness to learning new skills and gaining new experiences within the BTC model
  • Good leadership skills with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Comfortable in addressing sensitive issues and confident in supporting young people to deal with these issues
  • Reliability and ability to work on own initiative to schedule, and within budget

Desirable

  • Lived experience of the sensitive coming of age issues the programme addresses and happy to use personal experience to inform best practice, only where appropriate
  • Experience delivering Arts Award qualifications
  • Proven passion for the Arts and or/film-making
  • Good knowledge of the social and economic context of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse make-up of the south London community
  • Qualifications in TIE, social work, youth work
  • Driving licence and access to own car

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

To apply email: Amma Mensah office@beyondtheclassroom.co.uk

  • 2-3 page CV and 1 page cover letter in a single document
  • What you would like to gain from working with us
  • Where you heard about this position
  • Please only send information relevant to this role

Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 18th February

 

We're hiring - Arts Facilitator / Youth Mentor (Freelance)

Position: Arts Facilitator / Youth Mentor (Freelance)

Salary: £15 - £20 / hour

Organisation name: Beyond the Classroom

About us

Beyond the Classroom is a youth-led education Social Enterprise. We deliver innovative personal development programmes to young people, predominantly through theatre and peer-mentoring. Our mission is to equip young people with the tools to make decisions and take action based on their own needs, feelings and motivations.

We are looking for:

We seek an inspiring, energetic and positive youth facilitator / project assistant to help us deliver our long-term Girlhood to Womanhood programme with schools across London. As a facilitator, you will be able to implement the use of music and or drama in the delivery of personal and professional development programmes. Please bear in mind that our work involves using the performing arts to develop young people’s wellbeing and confidence, the arts are a method of facilitation rather than a primary outcome of our work.

Person Specification

Are you passionate about empowering young women to make positive change through the performing arts? Do you aspire to be a positive, relatable and inspiring role model for young women? If so, this position could be for you!

This position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop their career within the youth, personal development sector. You will share the team’s passion for youth empowerment, social enterprise and be looking to apply your skills and experience to this area. You should have a proven commitment to this area of work, demonstrated through at least one to two years’ previous full-time, part-time and / or voluntary experience within a similar role.

You will thrive in a small, creative and resourceful team and be willing to work flexibly within your role.  We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual with strong personal development and communication skills. The successful applicant will have the initiative and leadership-skills required to ensure smooth programme delivery of innovative life-skills programmes.

If you share our vision for youth provision that is more responsive to contemporary issues and would like the opportunity to work with a small, progressive, proactive and exciting social organisation, this could be the role for you!

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

 

The role

The position involves delivering our Girlhood to Womanhood programme with groups of young women in Lewisham. The project will be delivered both during term time, with our partner schools as well as during school holidays. There will be the potential to increase the amount of direct facilitation time with young people in the new academic year from September/October 2018.

Facilitation

  • Your primary objective will be to positively impact the decision-making skills and wellbeing of a group of 11 – 19-year-old young females within a school setting.
  • Facilitate an effective and engaging youth programme, to support young women in dealing with sensitive issues within the Girlhood to Womanhood theme (e.g. teenage relationship abuse, peer pressure & low self-esteem). With a strong focus on the use of mentoring and the performing arts.
  • The programme will involve a group of young females using their creativity and personal experience to devise an original piece of performance.  You will be responsible for developing their confidence, self-value and self-esteem throughout this process.
  • You will take responsibility and initiative for ensuring that the programme meets its aims and objectives, including monitoring and evaluation.

 

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate

  • Evidence of a clear DBS history
  • Proven passion for youth development and strong background in working with young people of diverse backgrounds and needs
  • Openness to learning new skills and gaining new experiences within the BTC model
  • Good leadership skills with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Comfortable in addressing sensitive issues and confident in supporting young people to deal with these issues
  • Reliability and ability to work on own initiative to schedule, and within budget

Desirable

  • Lived experience of the sensitive coming of age issues the programme addresses and happy to use personal experience to inform best practice, only where appropriate
  • Experience delivering Arts Award qualifications
  • Proven passion for the Arts and or/film-making
  • Good knowledge of the social and economic context of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse make-up of the south London community
  • Qualifications in TIE, social work, youth work
  • Driving licence and access to own car

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

To apply email: Amma Mensah office@beyondtheclassroomco.uk 2-3 page CV and 1 page cover letter in a single document

  • What you would like to gain from working with us
  • Where you heard about this position
  • Please only send information relevant to this role

Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 18th February

NHS Resilience Project

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Wouldn’t it be great if young people had a stronger input into the design and delivery of the services that affect them? Well, yes of course! I hear you cry - We think so too and that’s why we take a youth led approach in all the work we do, empowering young people to become leaders in their own schools and communities. Our consortium project funded by the NHS (Health Education England) and in partnership with Rathbone SocietySt Michaels Fellowship and Alford House is no exception!

 

Since March, we’ve been collaborating with our consortium partners on the creation of a resilience initiative, co-produced with young people. From BTC’s perspective, it’s been a great opportunity for us to engage some of our G2W (Girlhood to Womahood) alumni in the design and delivery of an evidence based Resilience programme. In recent months groups of young people have been getting together to explore the various elements of resilience (e.g. Motivation, relationships, managing emotions and problem-solving). They’ve developed creative approaches to fostering resilience with their peer group in mind, in an effort to produce authentic resources for personal wellbeing.

 

In the New Year, we will deliver a range of training sessions and workshops to professionals in the mental health, education and youth sectors, to learn all about what we’re up to.  So keep your eyes open for updates!

New Sex Education Policy - What will this mean for our schools?

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Sam Cooke said it best – “It’s been a long time comin’ but a change gon’ come”. And we’re starting to see years of shouting, doing, whispering, campaigning, and complaining start to bear fruit. On the 1st of March this year the UK government released a statement confirming its intent to make age appropriate 21st century RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) compulsory in all schools by 2019. Hoorah! Beyond the Classroom and our peers such as Brook and the PSHE Association have been partying ever since. But hold off on the cocktails guys, because there is plenty of work still to be done!

Compulsory RSE is just one of the changes to Education in the UK that Beyond the Classroom have been harping on about since our inception in 2011. Not only do we design and deliver excellent provision in this space, we also share our findings in local and national consultations. In 2014 when Harriet Harman led a policy review of young people and the arts, we spoke about our use of the performing arts and peer mentoring as effective tools in developing young people’s wellbeing and life-skills.  Ofsted Agree that when it comes to Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) in our schools it simply isn’t good enough and the situation is getting worse over time!

In 2015 when the Cross Party Education Select Committee led a review of Sex Education, we called for a greater emphasis on relationships, self-esteem and wellbeing with regards to Sex Education. Current guidance takes a very scientific approach - When it comes to intimate relationships we know that young people need much more than just condoms to make healthy decisions! So we welcome the rebranding of the subject from Sex and relationship education (SRE), to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). We need the small changes to make the big ones happen too!  

It may surprise you to learn that the official guidance on Sex education or as it is now known, RSE, has not been updated since the turn of the millennium. RSE is not currently a compulsory subject in all schools and the last Government guidance on RSE was published in the year 2000. This was before the impact of:

  • Wikipedia,
  • I-phone,
  • Twitter,
  • Instagram,
  • Facebook,
  • Snapchat,
  • WhatsApp,
  • Porn addiction,
  • A youth mental health crisis,
  • Kim Kardashian (we needed a little humour after that list)
  • And only 2 years after Google was founded in 1998.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. The UK’s official guidance on RSE and PSHE are quite simply… out-dated.

We are ecstatic that the Government seem to be taking this subject seriously, lots of very complex discussions are going through parliament at the moment and we’re keeping a keen eye on these. But when we speak to our school partners a lot remains unclear – not least where the time and resource to implement these changes will come from. Schools are overstretched - The teacher responsible for PSHE is probably the same person teaching 5 lessons a day, addressing critical safeguarding issues, sourcing 100 work experience placements, liaising with parents and litter picking on occasion. Where will the additional time and resource come from? This year’s announcement is an exciting one, it indicates great promise and we like that! But it’s probably not time to hit the pub just yet.  I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but we will all need to remain sober for just a little while longer, if we are to truly revolutionise the education system.

We’re Award Winning…

Well…at least we are sometimes! And other times we're just lucky enough to be in the running!

Have a look at some of the wonderful accolades we’ve received!

  • Black British Business Awards -            2017               -                 Finalist

      Rising Star Award 

  • We Are the City, Entrepreneur -            2016               -                 Winner

      Rising Star Award 

  • Unltd Impact Award                -             2014               -                  Winner

  • Brook Sexual health award     -             2013                -                 Highly Commended

  • Lambeth business gives back -             2014                -                  Finalist

  • SFX Community Award           -             2012                -                 Winner

BTC News - Julie Etchingham

It's not every day that a pair of teenagers get the chance to grill one of the UK's best known newsreaders. But that's exactly what happened in September when two of our girls from the Silver Girlhood to Womanhood programme at City Heights E-act Academy had the opportunity to interview Julie Etchingham.

Julie is an ITV news at Ten Presenter and was the first girl from her school to attend Cambridge University. She's gone on to become the first woman to co-anchor a UK election night programme and the first woman to win the Television Society's presenter of the year award. She is the perfect person to encourage our young women to aspire for greatness, break barriers and challenge negative societal expectations!

Watch this short clip of what happened when we grilled Julie here, full interview coming soon!

 

When Profit & Purpose Collide W/ Denise Lewis, Baroness Amos....

On Wednesday we brought brilliant young women together with exceptional professionals - Baroness Valerie Amos, Denise Lewis OBE, Cerrie BurnellSarah Morris and Alison Benjamin at the Aviva head office. It was so inspiring to hear our girls saying things like:

"today I learnt that I can do anything!" 

Over the past three years, with support from Rosa (the UK Fund for Women and Girls) Beyond the Classroom and the Aviva Women’s Network have nurtured a deep and meaningful partnership, built on mutual respect, objectives and interests. We've provided impactful opportunities to Aviva People and a diverse pool of young women across London.

 

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In honour of the International Day of the Girl, We celebrated unusual alliances and mutual respect while looking to the future of Corporate X Social collaborations. We had a room of over 200 future leaders and professionals - sharing, networking, learning and laughing!

CSR has well documented benefits for teams and companies. Corporate support is a goal for many charities. Diversity and inclusion are hot topics. But this new trend goes further: Mutual support and shared understanding are flourishing, where suspicion and resentment once lay – and the benefits go way beyond the teams or companies involved. When we asked our colleagues at Aviva what it was like working with our young people on co-produced projects they said: 

 

"Working with Beyond the Classroom is one of my most treasured moments while working at aVIva and the impact lives on!"

Keep a look out for more photos and footage coming soon!

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BBBAwards - Thank you!

Yesterday, I was surrounded by pure excellence at the Black British Business awards as a finalist in the Rising Star Entrepreneur category. I lost out to a 35 year old man (Martin Ijah) who has received over £100 million in investments for his company, a truly worthy winner! Not quite sure how I ended up on the same shortlist as him, so let's just say it was an honour to have been a finalist!

It truly does mean SOOO MUCH for Beyond the Classroom to have been recognised for the impactful work we do with young people across London, on such a prestigious platform. It was also amazing to network with so many successful professionals, so willing to invest time, energy and resource into BTC!

The work we do here is really really really really... really challenging and it means everything to have such a strong, growing business family holding us up and championing us at every given opportunity. It is times like this that help me to persevere and push past the resistance, of which there is plenty! 

A special thanks to the team at the BBBA's and all the brilliant people and organisations who continue to support us, invest in us and champion us at every level!

 

Written by Amma Mensah

Beyond the Classroom, Founder & Executive Director

We don't need sex, we need more Zoes

Rather than giving to those 'in need', have you ever thought instead to invest in their potential? 

Amma Mensah is the founder and executive director of education social enterprise Beyond the Classroom. In this provocative talk, she explores how Social enterprise can be used to empower young people, to lead the change they want to see in their own lives, schools and communities. 

Employability Top Tips

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Everyone knows that looking for a job can be as demanding as having a job it’s self. It can be difficult to know how you might best attract employers’ attention among tens or hundreds of other applicants.

Over the past five years, we’ve received hundreds of applications and put together a few of our own top tips.

*Please note that recruitment can be highly subjective, the below tips are specific to our recruitment processes and may not always be relevant to all employers. Whether you are seeking an opportunity with Beyond the Classroom or another organisation, we hope this information will help you to land that very exciting opportunity you’ve got your sights on. So pull out a note pad and pour yourself a cup of tea!

 

Say my name, say my name: If the advertiser has been so kind as to offer you their name, please use it. If you can avoid it, don’t call them “Sir”, ”Madam”, “To Whom It May Concern” or any of those other very impersonal greetings. This simply shows attention to detail and it also makes your application more personal. Make your reader feel special!

 

Proof read: If you have a plethora of spelling and grammatical inaccuracies in your application it can give a bad impression. Especially if the job spec asks for ‘strong communication skills and a keen eye for detail’, as so many applications do.

 

Read the job advert properly: It sounds simple enough, but it can be very obvious when someone hasn’t bothered to read the job spec or application instructions in detail. If you are asked to send a CV of up to 2 pages, please don’t send 5. It doesn’t look clever, it just looks like you can’t follow simple instructions.

 

Remember to attach the Application: Another seemingly simple suggestion but employers don’t have time to follow you up if you forget to attach your CV. No matter how pleasant your cover email comes across.

 

Keep it simple: With every advert we post we have very specific instructions on how to apply. For example; ‘please send your CV and cover letter in a single document’ if you send three documents we have to open all three of them and we may have 100 more applications waiting in our inbox. Just make things as simple as possible, this tip is certainly good practice wherever you are applying!

 

Keep it Succinct: If you send a 5 page CV, we have to search through it to find the relevant information we are looking for. Just tell the recruiter what  she/he needs to know and don’t bulk up your applications with detail irrelevant to the role. Remember the 99 other applications still to be opened? Yours is just one!

 

Also, don’t send two CV’s e.g. an actors CV and youth work CV, it’s your job to send the most relevant information in the most useful format possible. We shouldn’t have to search for it!

 

Make me feel special: If you send a file named ‘CV for youth jobs’ it’s very clearly a generic application for which you have made no effort to customize. Name the file with your own name or that of the organisation / role you are applying for. It’s a small detail, but might just give you the edge over another applicant who couldn’t be bothered.

 

We’re only little: We are only a small organisation and often receive 50 - 100 applications for a single position, larger companies are likely to receive many more. This means you shouldn’t beat yourself up about not making it through to the next stage.

 

It’s interview time!

 

If you make it through to interview stage, be super chuffed! It means the recruiter likes you and you are a suitable candidate for the job. But you may be one of six and the final decision could come down to anything. So…

 

Be honest: This goes for interview and CV, it can be quite obvious when you are trying to embellish things. No one is perfect and you’re not expected to know everything. A very honest ‘I don’t know, but am eager to learn’ will always bode better than a made up story!

 

Not too early: It’s always advisable to arrive a few minutes early for an interview, but no more than that. You are likely to turn up during someone else’s interview, you’ll be sitting around making yourself more nervous.

 

Don’t cry:  The work we do in this sector is challenging and can really pull on the heartstrings. But please don’t cry in an interview, this gives the impression that you have not prepared well and comes across as a little unprofessional.

 

Do your research: It sounds basic, but spend some time just reading over the company’s website and getting a feel for who they are and what they do. Do you fit in well with their ethos? If so, tell them and give examples too!

 

Be yourself: Interviews are all about getting to know the person behind the application. The best thing you can do is relax so that all of that lovely personality can shine through!

 

Feedback is king! If you didn’t get the position this time, be sure to ask for feedback. Don’t simply fail to respond to the email informing you of the outcome of your application.

Applying for jobs is all about how you present yourself to others, learning more about how you’ve been perceived will be useful in your next pursuit. You may not agree with the feedback and it’s always your choice whether or not to take the advice on board. Either way, it’s always going to be useful to know, and it can’t hurt.

Good luck!

UK Prime Minister - UN International Youth Day

 

It's not everyday the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom decides to commend you for starting up a social enterprise, but that's exactly what happened to us on Wednesday. Wednesday the 12th of August 2015 marked UN International Youth Day and the UK Cabinet office decided to mark it by shouting about some of the young people in the UK Doing great things for the country. 

So... David... now that you know about Beyond the Classroom, do you think we could sit down and have a chat about some of your youth, social mobility and education policies? Over the past four years we've gathered some pretty enlightening insights about how to help young people reach their full potential and we'd love to share them with you!

A massive thank you to Antonia at the School for Social Entrepreneurs who nudged Mr Cameron and his team to do this.

 

 

Evening Standard - Beyond the Classroom Gives Young Women Vital Life skills

We were very excited on Tuesday afternoon to open the Evening Standard Newspaper, to read a two page spread written about the wonderful work we do. The article focuses on Our Girlhood to Womanhood programme and explains; 

"She (Amma) set up Beyond the Classroom to give young people the chance to talk about issues that they would not normally discuss even in sex and relationships classes or PSHE (personal, social and health education) lessons.

The unusual way she (Amma) gets young women to talk about their worries is by using music and drama. Vulnerable sixth-formers get together to discuss the issues that are really bothering them — often older boyfriends, sexual abuse and being coerced into sex.

 

The girls then create a series of role plays which develop into a full musical theatre production where their problems are aired through “fictional” characters."

Amma Said;

“I have a vision of being able to help create a troop of young women who are really well-informed, really confident, really able and capable and really keen to share those positive attributes with other young women in their communities.”

You can read the full article on the Evening Standard website here Written by Anna Davis.

 

City Hall – A Woman’s Place

On Wednesday 21st January 2015 Beyond the Classroom took over London’s Living Room at City Hall, with the aim of telling the world that 'A Woman’s Place' is... wherever she wants it to be! 

And we succeeded. Almost 100 young women from schools across London joined a panel of distinguished professionals to explore their experiences of breaking the glass ceiling, in the typically male dominated industries of business, sport, politics and STEM.

It was a poignant day for us to be at City Hall, as under our feet the Mayor of London was being grilled by the GLA (Greater London Authority) about his recently implemented policies. We made lots of noise to ensure that they could all hear us, raising aspirations and inspiring the next generation of female leaders!

“ I was inspired by 'A Woman's Place', I even learnt a lot from the panelists myself!

 I would like to provide this programme to more of our students.  Definitely, without hesitation! ”

          - Pimlico Academy, 

           Raising aspirations director

The girls tell us they were inspired by the experience and learnt a lot about careers that they didn’t previously know existed! We will now be conducting follow up workshops at each of their schools to help them further explore their career and GCSE options. We’re looking forward to working with the Mayors Fund for London’s employability team, Young London Working to develop this provision.

We are so grateful to our wonderful panel for giving up their time and sharing invaluable insights. So we were very excited when Chika, director at Aviva PLC further pledged to welcome the girls interested in math to the Aviva head office in Central London!  We’re so proud to be offering such incredible opportunities to young women from state schools across London. 

On Wednesday 'A Woman’s place' was at City Hall, but tomorrow it's…wherever SHE wants it to be!

Aviva X Rosa X Us!

What a way to end 2014! Aviva plc in partnership with Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls chose Beyond the Classroom as their charitable partner. In 2015 Aviva will provide us with grant funding and pro bono support to help us expand our work with young women vulnerable to gang culture in London.

We are honored and very excited to be working alongside these two powerhouses in the New Year and were delighted to meet the ever charming Sandi Togsvig (pictured) at the award ceremony in December.

Happy New Year all, we are sure it will be for us!

As seen on TV, London Live….

Amma (BTC Founder) was invited to join a live panel debate on London Live, to discuss whether or not Sex and Relationship Education should become part of the national curriculum.

Well… Yes, of course it should! But the opposition panelist on the show wasn't so sure! She highlighted some important issues around safeguarding, teen pregnancy and child abuse. But didn’t seem to understand how effective good SRE (Sex and Relationship education) is in tackling these issues. Maybe she should come along to one of our sessions and see what it's all about!

 


 


PSHE inquiry - Parliamentary Education Select Committee

On the same day we submitted evidence to the parliamentary education select committee for their inquiry into PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education). The result of which branded PSHE as inadequate in at least 40% of schools! Yes, we know its it poor, our research suggest that 78% of young people consider their PSHE inadequate. So….what’s the solution? We made a number of recommendations to the committee based on our delivery of the G2W programmes over the past three years, including;

  • A bottom up approach to PSHE and in particular SRE, which takes into account the thoughts feelings and needs of students through a youth led approach to delivery.

  • The employment of engaging techniques such as the performing arts and media to engage young people in the exploration of difficult and sensitive topics.

  •  A holistic approach to Relationships and sex education which does not only focus on contraception but the development of decision making skills, self-esteem and confidence

“PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) requires improvement in 40% of schools. The situation appears to have worsened over time, and young people consistently report that the sex and relationships education (SRE) they receive is inadequate. This situation would not be tolerated in other subjects, and yet the Government’s strategy for improving PSHE is weak. There is a mismatch between the priority that the Government claims it gives to PSHE and the steps it has taken to improve the quality of teaching in the subject."

House of commons,

Education Committee 2015

The RSA : Disrupt Inc

A research paper written by Benedict Dellott and Jullian Thompson at the RSA, seeks to challenge the commonly held conceptions around the ways young entrepreneurs are starting up businesses. Disrupt inc. is an interesting read, besides the fact that Beyond the Classroom is one of the contributors to this work!  Among our favourite themes are; ‘The Accidental Entrepreneur’ and ‘The Collaborative Entrepreneur’. Enjoy here...

It Was a Roaring Success!

“Generally, sex education for British teenagers revolves around finding a variety of ways to tell them that they must use a condom, before asking them to practice unrolling one on a banana. Very rarely is the emphasis placed on how to prepare and protect oneself emotionally for a sexual relationship, and this is exactly where ‘Girlhood to Womanhood’ comes in!”

Natasha Devon

Founder, Body Gossip

Sunday the 29th of September 2013 saw the second public performance of Beyond the Classroom’s Girlhood to Womanhood (G2W) theatre production. Part of an SRE (sex and relationships) TIE (theatre in education) initiative primarily delivered to young women in schools, colleges and youth centres - this was a rare opportunity for the general public and key community stakeholders to see the play.

The evening kicked off to an emotional start, with a film screening of ‘A Girlhood to Womanhood journey’. Created by the young G2W cast & crew, the film documents the personal experiences, growth and development of a group of SFX College students. As they embarked on the powerful journey to create the G2W production and become peer mentors to young people across London.

The scene was set for the performance of an authentic youth led TIE production, the delivery of which certainly did not disappoint!

The multitalented cast effectively guided the audience through a roller-coaster of emotions; laughing, crying and reminiscing on their own coming of age experiences. A packed auditorium were blown away by the cast’s remarkable employment of music, comedy, drama and powerhouse vocals. Audience participation was a successful tool in breaking the fourth wall between audience and stage, and even saw one audience member temporarily become a part of the on stage performance to great comic effect.

“I am certain that young people across the country will find this initiative incredibly informative. It deals with poignant issues that are becoming ever more prevalent in the lives of young people. And educates about these often taboo topics in a highly engaging and entreating way, excellent!”

Judith Arkwright 

Wandsworth Council Family learning co-ordinator

 

A brief intermission provided an opportunity for attendees to engage in Beyond the Classroom’s ‘Feedback Walls’. Analysis of the production revealed that 100% of the audience would like to see Beyond the Classroom programmes delivered to young people more widely, and would recommend them to others.

While the open and more direct questions put forward by cast members, yielded detailed heart felt responses. For example;

Q: Why do you always tell me life is hard? Give me something about adulthood to look forward to…

A: You can look forward to overcoming the hard times with joy. Because when you receive the reward, you will look back on the storm with love.

Q: Why do you make sex seem like such a bad thing, haven’t you done it?

A: It is because sex is not generally talked about openly, or in a way which allows people to really think about what is right for them.

The evening was ceremoniously rounded off the presentation of graduation certificates to the young ladies who have now successfully graduated from the Girlhood to Womanhood programme.

For more information on the Girlhood to Womanhood initiative, or to book Beyond the Classrooms programmes get in touch here.

Film- a Girlhood to Womanhood Journey

 

Watch our film documenting the journey of a cohort of Beyond the Classroom's  Girlhood to Womanhood Gold programme. Created by the young women themselves, this genuine and authentic documentary illustrates the power young people have, to create positive social change in their communities. When given the right opportunities, training and guidance.

Nick Hurd - Generation Change

 Left to right; Joel Davis (Tutors united), Nick Hurd (Minister Civil Society), Nancy Bailey (Cabinet office).

Left to right; Joel Davis (Tutors united), Nick Hurd (Minister Civil Society), Nancy Bailey (Cabinet office).

In June 2013 Generation Change was officially born! A government backed coalition established to; increase the quality, quantity and impact of social action in the UK.

Beyond the Classroom, Tutors United and Unltd were just some of the organisations invited to meet with Nick Hurd (Minister for civil society) to discuss how this might be done! Have a look at the Generation Change website...