CARE (Christian Action Research & Education)

Evaluate…informing choice

CARE’s Sex and Relationship Education programme ‘Evaluate…informing choice’ for young people in Secondary Education is designed to help young people make value choices and to strengthen family relations. Concerned parents, teachers and school governors are frequently approaching CARE requesting a suitable, family focused and marriage-friendly programme for use with Key Stage 2 children. Building on the success of Evaluate, we want to respond to this need by developing a Primary Schools programme.

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

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At present, Evaluate provides an education opportunity for young people in Secondary Education. Already over 45,000 young people have attended the programme, which is delivered to year groups by 110 trained volunteers in over 130 schools across the UK. Our teams use multi-media presentations to engage young people in discussion about various aspects of relationships and sexual choice. Children aged 11 and 12 years old (Year 7) are encouraged and supported in delaying the onset of sexual experience until a long-term, committed and exclusive relationship, ideally marriage. Returning to the same children in Year 9 and again in Year 11, this message is enhanced. There is an increasing awareness that current practice in Sex Education is not serving young people well. Mixed messages are being received through the classroom, media and amongst their peers, based on the assumption that teenagers will soon be sexually active and simply need help to do this ‘safely’, fostering a mentality of negativity. Working from the understanding that many issues confronting young people stem from low self-esteem, Evaluate tackles media influence and peer pressure as well as drug and alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy. There is a critical need to develop a values-based Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme for Key Stage 2 children. The new programme will be aimed at children aged 9-11 (Year 5 & 6). It will provide a more holistic PSHE programme, with an emphasis on raising self-esteem, growing up and friendship.

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