This project was funded by the City of Wolverhampton Council
What is it and who is it for?
We were commissioned by Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy to undertake two assemblies that covered the entire school population (Years 7-9 and 10-13) during their Safeguarding month.
What we did
We developed a concept for the assemblies based on a game show where some pupils became contestants and the remaining audience became their team e.g. ‘phone a friend’. This approach meant that we could actively involve the whole of each audience in a fun and interactive way rather than them merely being passive recipients of the information.
This technique proved very successful in exploring and unpacking issues, as well as presenting a challenge, relevant to young people living, learning and spending leisure time in Wolverhampton. Some of the issues raised, explored and discussed included serious youth violence; keeping safe in the real and virtual world; joint enterprise; avoiding a criminal record, their rights and responsibilities as young people etc.
This method of delivery enabled active engagement with over 700 young people during the course of a single day. Very important safeguarding messages were conveyed in a way that allowed everyone, and very notably, as witnessed by staff, those who ordinarily would have been reluctant to put their hands in a classroom setting and make a contribution, to take part.
The feedback from staff and pupils was extremely positive and complimentary.