The GREAT Project
GREAT is delivered over 4 weekly sessions and is designed to promote healthy relationships and domestic abuse awareness to Year 5 and 6 pupils. Each session has identified aims, learning outcomes and links to the RSE, PSHE and SEAL requirements.
Great Project Sessions (Each session is 2 hours long)
Session One (Healthy Relationships) – Promotes the importance of children developing healthy, positive relationships
Session Two (Domestic Abuse) – Explores what domestic abuse is, how children can access support, and what support services are available
Session Three (Excuses and Choices) – Considers the reasons behind domestic abuse, with a focus on dispelling commonly used excuses/myths
Session Four (Respecting Each Other) – Looks at gender inequalities and promoting gender respect
Benefits of the Great Project
- Developed in response to the disturbing fact that 1 in 10 children are living with domestic violence in order to reduce the devastating impact that domestic violence often has on the lives of children, including poor attainment in education.
- Enables primary school children to gain knowledge about healthy relationships, to explore what domestic violence is, and to know where to go for help and support.
- Complements Key Stage 2 Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), RSE and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) objectives that have been created in consultation with pupils
- Bold and interactive resources that take into account visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. Resources are designed for a range of abilities and enable pupils to retain, remember and recall information.
- Takes a sensitive approach to the delivery of a specialist topic
Additional benefits to pupils
- Empowers children to recognise their right to live free from fear and encourages healthy attitudes towards relationships
- Activities nurture self-esteem and a sense of well-being
- Provides children with information on a range of appropriate services, resulting in greater access, reduced isolation and improved safety
- Every participant receives a GREAT Project workbook, pencil, sticker and certificate
- Age appropriate, fun and interactive, with a focus on helping pupils both now and into their futures
The Great Project is evaluated by the children and teachers who engage with it. An example school evaluation report can be found here.
What students, parents and teachers think…
The GREAT Project is absolutely amazing! It totally helped my son understand why we no longer live with his dad. He can also assess a healthy/unhealthy relationship and grew up so much emotionally. 10/10
I really loved taking part and learning what a healthy relationship is, I will definitely use some of these skills in my life, so thank you.
I explained that we have The GREAT project in school for our Year 6 children. He had not heard about the project before so I explained what it entailed and the positive impact it has on the children. The inspector was really impressed!
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