Has Glee something to teach PSHE? They also sang 'Papa Don't Preach'

Schools, Colleges and

Why not copy the 'Mamma Mia' format of using existing
songs and produce your own musical. Lyrics and videos of 
tracks connected with PSHE are now easy to find on the net.
'Papa Don't Preach' forms the basis of a short stimulus
piece I pulled together in an hour. Further details are given

The importance of research
Good research with the group you want to reach can tell you two things. Firstly what you need to do to change their behaviour. This could be in terms of information, skills, attitudes or improvements in services. Secondly, it can also tell you how to reach them. This is particularly important if they aren't interested in what you have to say. In this case they aren't likely to pick up your leaflet or notice a poster. But if you start from what they're interested in, you may be able to engage them in health this way. Below are some examples of how this might be done

Pop music
Commission a musical about sexual health to perform to parents and young people as a way to get them talking. For more information see pages 51-55 of the main document embedded in this website. To hear what it might sound like go to the November 2010 blog of Inspiration Jukebox.

Written word
Comics may be a good way of engaging some young people. These can be either  the finished article produced by professionals e.g. Lifeline products or be stimulus pieces for young people to complete. For more information click here but make sure you also check out pages 78-82 of the document embedded in this linked page.

Cabarets about HIV were popular in the Nineties. Another approach would be to have 'Ann Summers' type parties and build sex education in them using comedy and perhaps music. This might appeal to some college students. For more on this see pages 89-91 of the main document embedded in this website. For information on comedy generally click here.

Computer games
There have been a number of computer games around health education. For more information click here or try out some of the games here. You will need to scroll down the page slightly.

Football fits well into many different aspects of the PSHE curriculum and not just those concerned with physical activity and diet. It can be used to explore issues around gender roles, sex, alcohol, decision making and stress as well as the wider determinants of health  Simple discussion or Scruple type boards both offer ways of exploring the issues that come out of this. For more on using football click here.

Fashion and beauty
Anorexia, gender roles and sun safety are amongst the PSHE issues connected with fashion and beauty. For more ideas click here.

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