Tough Issues, Tough Choices
397 pages
Age Range: 11 to 16
ISBN: 9781906517861

Tough Issues, Tough Choices: Resources for staff and student development

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Tina Rae, Brian Marris

A collection of 24 hard-hitting workshop sessions for staff and student development that addresses some of the real concerns and agendas of today's teens, including knife crime.

Containing controversial yet relevant content, Tough Issues, Tough Choices is a comprehensive, photocopiable handbook for facilitating discussion on the issues, problems and concerns of teenagers in today’s increasingly diverse and complex society.

Many teaching and learning resources rarely reflect or mirror young people's real-life experiences. This resource is different in that it was created with the help of real teens and addresses hard-hitting issues which commonly affect them using language and themes that will really appeal. It aims to improve student performance, reduce conflicts, disciplinary problems and truancy by helping students question their values and behaviours. Complementing many objectives of the PDHPE curriculum, it aims to promote the development of emotional literacy, equal opportunities and social justice. Arranged into three sections which cover social, emotional and behavioural issues, topics tackled include:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Anorexia/obesity
  • Bullying
  • Conflict management and prevention
  • Homophobia
  • Identity
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Offending behaviours
  • Peer pressure
  • Relationships
  • Respecting differences
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Sexism
  • Sexual behaviours and sexual health
  • Suicide
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Valuing yourself.

Based entirely around role-plays, each of the 24 scenario-based sessions comprise of evaluation forms, an image-based discussion starter, discussion questions and homework sheets. All contained materials are fully editable via the included FREE CD Rom.

This resource is ideal for use with all young people, including those who are disaffected and low achieving. It will impart important life skills and improve social and emotional skills, leading ultimately to a happier, healthier and more successful future.