What is Face Up and how does it support the English Curriculum?
Face Up is an effective tool that that allows pupils to gain an understanding of healthy teenage relationships, whilst also supporting academic attainment. The Face Up programme uses a collaborative learning approach which provides an opportunity for pupils to explore teenage relationships and to use the knowledge and understanding gained to make informed choices in the future. The programme is supported by a full online intervention manual, available here.
Face Up includes a wide range of spoken language, listening and creative writing activities that are capable of being assessed within English lessons and are mapped to the curriculum; these include debating, role play, and storyboards and all exercises can be tailored to suit the needs of individual groups. The software has a module-based format, with each module exploring more serious forms of abuse, you can see an overview of the modules here.
One example exercise is Ask Emma, where Emma receives problem e-mails from six young people expressing an issue about their relationship. The aim of the activity is to get young people to discuss how to answer the e-mails. They can then click and listen to Emma's response, after discussing it themselves. Click here to see the Ask Emma activity.
This exercise is just one of a number of fantastic interactive activities available that will tackle the issue of domestic violence and improve results in the English Language curriculum. To see more examples of how the exercises work, please visit our Face Up intervention manual.
Can Face-Up be used to 'close the gap'?
All of the exercises in Face Up focus on enabling pupils to explore the issues of abusive relationships in a non-threatening environment. Pupils should reflect on feelings and identify positive ways of understanding, managing and expressing emotions and gain the skills to challenge innappropriate behaviour.
Face Up can be used for all ability levels and meets the needs of a range of learning styles. Activities are interactive and visually stimulating and so particularly suitable for lower ability groups. The resource can be used for both whole-class and targeted interventions; we recommend a whole-class approach because the resource is designed to take a preventative approach.
It can therefore be used to motivate disadvantaged pupils in order to support schools to ‘close the gap’ within their school environment.
What is the impact of Face Up?
Face Up has been shown to be particularly effective in engaging and motivating young people who are currently failing in English and can support schools to work with this group to achieve the Government’s floor standards.
"The number of young people achieving grade C or above in their KS3 English coursework increased from 23% to 83%" English Teacher, West Derby School
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