keepin’ it REAL
Our core secondary school programme for 11 to 16 year olds. It introduces students to the resistance strategies of Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave, whilst addressing effective decision-making and communication skills.
Engaging activities promote active learning by students; through sharing their own stories, practicing decision making and role-playing the REAL resistance strategies, students gain mastery of new skills.
The programme’s key learning tool is a series of videos that show teenagers and their own, real stories about being offered drugs and other difficult situations.
The thirteen 30-40 minute sessions are designed to be used in a flexible way and are suitable for support by local policing teams. The learning intentions include:
- Considering risky and difficult situations in which young people find themselves
- Differentiating between a simple preference and a wise choice
- Explaining how risk may affect decision making
- Identifying influences and behaviour
- Exploring stereotypes
- Participating in a discussion based on conflicting views
- Becoming conversant with REAL strategies
- Identifying personal support networks
- Considering the impact of drugs on decision making and the approach to risk
- Researching drug information from a variety of sources