The PEAK programme (Preventative Education And Knowledge) is an exciting initiative devised by Leicestershire County Council as part of the Healthy Schools Programme.
The aim of the programme is to raise awareness of young people about risky social situations, and support them in developing their character and language skills. The theme of “Healthy Relationships” was used as a vehicle for tackling key issues with Year 10 in a special assembly.
A panel of four students were selected to sit on stage and represent the voice of Year 10 girls and boys. A series of quiz-style questions were ‘fired’ at the panel about healthy relationships and then discussed with the audience. Answers were insightful and thought provoking.
In the grand finale Year 10 simulated a drum roll whilst Ali added up the scores; the final outcome was 21 points to the boys and 27 points to the girls!
The topics covered by PEAK are sensitive and therefore the resources and delivery have been compiled very carefully. Young people in Leicestershire have acted as advisors to Leicestershire Authority and educators to ensure that messages are appropriate and pertinent.
Evaluation of the assembly was overwhelmingly positive, with the majority of students in Year 10 indicating that they learned something new about risk taking behaviour in relationships. The year group was unanimous in declaring the assembly to b “entertaining but informative”. Many students highlighted that the assembly was ‘interactive, fun, but gave serious messages about relationships’