Designed to teach young people a range of strategies to help them avoid risky situations, Keepin it REAL uses the REAL model of REFUSE, EXPLAIN, AVOID, and LEAVE. These steps can then be used in response to risky situations that young people can find themselves in, often in relation to drugs and alcohol.
It is our core secondary school programme for 11 to 16 year olds based on the well-researched and established D.A.R.E. America Keepin It REAL middle school curriculum. Life Skills Education has developed this programme over three years in order for it to be delivered into UK secondary schools.
The principles listed below are the result of long-term research studies on the origins of drug abuse behaviors and the common elements of effective prevention programs. These principles were developed to help prevention practitioners use the results of prevention research to address drug use among children, adolescents and young adults in communities across the country. Parents, educators and community leaders can use these principles to help guide their thinking, planning, selection and delivery of drug abuse prevention programs at the community level.
Keepin it REAL utilises a series of video clips, one for each of the REAL strategies, which feature a scenario with a discussion by young people afterward. There is a workbook to complement the videos and additional resources are available via our website in order to support the teachers delivery.
The PSHE Association states ‘PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain’.
Life Skills Education programmes aim to address this by equipping young people with the skills which will allow them to make safe and healthy choices, which will allow the development of positive lifetime habits.
‘Across different sections of the youth population, we heard that alcohol and drugs are far too accessible to children and young people from a young age. Many young people told us that drugs and alcohol are easy for them to get hold of – whether on the streets, in their neighbourhoods, peer groups, or even at their places of study. We heard that younger teens can obtain alcohol through fake IDs and can access more than they should’.
The Keepin it REAL programme is delivered in secondary schools by teachers who are trained by Life Skills Education. If required this can be supported by one of our highly trained DARE Officers.
The full programme can be delivered over thirteen, 45 minute sessions, with a shorter programme available consisting of six sessions. If required the programme can also be delivered in a more flexible way with the ability to select modules to meet the needs of the class.
The programme includes all resources to enable a smooth delivery. You will be able to access videos, comprehensive lesson notes and a PowerPoint presentation for use in class via our website.
of pupils found the video clips engaging, interesting and informative
of pupils agreed that the workbooks were a positive addition to the programme
of pupils liked the discussion elements of the course
of pupils felt that they had learned to make more informed decisions
‘it showed real life situations and how easily we could find ourselves in a situation and how you could avoid them’
‘I thought that Keeping it REAL was good because it taught us how to stay safe and keep us out of trouble’
‘Keeping it REAL was suited to our age and topic and they were showing us what could happen; it was useful and gave us good advice'
‘I thought the videos were helpful as it was like we were actually seeing it happen and seeing the consequences’
‘the workbook was full of activities to make us think about what we should do’
‘what I learned will definitely help me make more sensible decisions when I am in danger or in a bad situation’
‘I can now look out for my friends and keep them safe and stop them making bad decisions’
‘it opened my eyes to the real world, I will probably think more before I take a risk’’
DARE to be safe and healthy.