How much does it cost?
£32.00 per child
We deliver all of your programme.
£25.00 per child
We deliver 6 sessions, your class teacher delivers 5.
£12.00 per child
Plus £124.00 (extra classes are £62.00 each). We deliver the first session and the graduation.
£13.00 per child
You deliver all of the Life Skills Primary Programme, we provide workbooks, namecards and certificates.
Primary schools have a responsibility to ensure students leave fully equipped for transition to secondary school and all that entails and to ensure that they will be able to make safe and healthy choices.
Our programme will help schools to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, in particular elements included in PSHE from 2020.
Children are extremely vulnerable to peer pressure, have little understanding of the facts about drugs and alcohol, or about the law and the consequences of carrying a knife or of treating others differently; they often do not communicate effectively, or manage risky situations successfully.
Knife crime has increased in recent years and incidents of hate crime are on the rise; the impact of drug and alcohol use is evident on the individual, family, community and society and can include low academic achievement, poor physical and mental health, crime and antisocial behaviour and domestic abuse. Early intervention using a programme which is proven to work can lessen the risks and can only be a benefit to all.
At the end of the course the children write a DAaRT report in which they can reflect on what they have learned. This is often completed as part of a literacy lesson, with the class teacher.
The Life Skills Primary Programme ends with the graduation at week 11 when the children get an opportunity to show off all that they have learned to invited guests – which could be other classes, parents and carers or funders. Graduations can range from simple to very grand affairs and may include the reading of DAaRT reports, singing of the DAaRT song and maybe a play, a short sketch or poetry related to the learning that has taken place.
How does it work?
The Life Skills Primary programme runs over 11 weeks, with the last lesson being the graduation. Lessons last for one hour. Lessons can be delivered by our specially trained DAaRT Officers, a class teacher or a combination of the two.
Whichever option you decide upon, we will provide all the resources needed for the full course to be delivered including access to videos, online presentation and comprehensive lesson plans. For each child there will be a workbook, a name card, and a graduation certificate.
Before the Life Skills Primary programme begins you will be contacted by our DAaRT Officer who will discuss your requirements and plan how we will work with you in order to deliver the programme in your school. We will agree dates for the delivery of lessons and for the graduation and will offer a parent/carer briefing to enable parents/carers to be fully involved in the Life Skills Primary programme and to support their children during the course.
Meet the DAaRT Crew
Each student is given a workbook and they will meet the DAaRT Crew who are similar in age to your students. They appear and tell their stories in our videos and it is the job of the class to work with the DAaRT Officer and/or teacher to work through the difficulties that they manage to get themselves into, in order to recommend a responsible course of action.
In order to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met we use workbooks, small and large group discussion, role play, quizzes, video, question and answer. Prior to the course beginning the DAaRT Officer will visit and discuss with the teacher the needs of each class. Videos can be subtitled where required.
The Life Skills Primary Programme Workbook
The Life Skills Primary Programme is underpinned by a series of videos, both filmed and animated, that help young people understand the role play scenarios so that they can resolve problems in a structured manor.
SKILL DECISION MAKING MODEL
The programme utilises our unique SKILL DECISION MAKING MODEL which teaches young people to make safe and healthy choices, working through problems and issues one step at a time.
Teaching young people to consider a range of options, balance risk and consequences, be responsible, manage stress and resist pressure are all key to ensuring they develop into positive and proactive young adults who can adapt to life’s challenges and minimise the risky behaviour inherent in daily life.
We encourage parents to be involved in our programme by attending a parent/carer information briefing at the beginning of the course, by encouraging and working with children on their course homework and by providing feedback on the course and attending the graduation. (no colour or highlight)
We welcome feedback on our programmes in order that we can improve the programme experience for all.
Students, parents and teachers are asked for their thoughts after each course and this is used in the development of our resources (link to quality assurance here).
The Life Skills Primary programme follows the quality standards developed by MentorAdepis (link here to MentorAdepis quality standards on web).
DAaRT Officers are highly trained, are visited in school once each term in order to ensure that delivery is to the highest of standards.
Life Skills Education is committed to safeguarding children and young people and operate a safer recruitment policy. All of our staff have regular DBS checks and receive initial and ongoing safeguarding training. DAaRT Officers work with individual schools to ensure that all students are safeguarded and Life Skills Education will take any action required in order to fulfil this responsibility.
We have many schools who have been involved in over 10 iterations of our primary programme since delivery began in 1995. Many use our services year after year; this has enabled in excess of 400,000 young people to graduate and learn how to make better choices.
We recruit and train all our or DAaRT Officers to a high standard.
All DAaRT Officers will have prior experience of working in an area relevant to the subject matter together with experience in supporting others through the learning process.
All DAaRT Officers are subject to enhanced DBS checks and undergo annual refresher training in Safeguarding Children & Young People, along with other relevant continuous professional development.
Our 6 day intensive training course for DAaRT Officers includes drug and alcohol information, teaching and learning, classroom management, safeguarding and partnership working. At the end of the course DAaRT Officers are assessed in a live classroom environment and given an overall rating for their performance. Feedback is then carried through to termly quality assurance school visits by our Training Manager or Senior DAaRT Officer, with a view to ongoing development of knowledge and skills.