Targeting 4,000 pupils in schools from Years 5 - 13, JAT, via its workshops and sessions, aims to help young people to stay healthy and make informed choices about how they lead their sex lives.
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Government statistics reveal that Britain has the highest underage teen pregnancy rate in Europe, together with a soaring epidemic of STIs (sexually transmitted infections). These statistics affect the entire community of which Jewish youth is a part. There are no culturally and religiously sensitive services for Jewish communities in England. Due to the stigma attached to sexual health issues within the Jewish community, many feel that they have nowhere to turn. JAT offers that support and understanding, helping to promote positive, healthy relationships within a context that is relevant. JAT's workshops are culturally and religiously sensitive, working with each school to deliver sex and relationships education in an ethos appropriate way. We aim to give the pupils sufficient information to allow them to make informed decisions as to how they will lead their sex lives Where required boys and girls are taught in separate groups. The style of the workshops are informal within a school setting - using drama, role play, small group work, discussions and quizzes Years 5 & 6 programmes deal with puberty and body change in both males and females, transitions from primary to secondary schools, who to turn to for help if one is facing difficulties etc. Year 7 programme is about body image, and messages that we give out through our appearances Year 8 - boundaries in relationships, and negotiating skills Year 9 - 13 sexual health and HIV, with age apporpriate information using a variety of teaching methods. Using full cost recovery - each workshop costs ¬£300 to deliver (¬£12 - ¬£15 per head)
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