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A CALL TO EDUCATORS---FreeUP-Living Respectfully

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Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre

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The FreeUP-Living Respectfully programme developed by A CALL TO MEN UK is a an 8 week educational programme for boys and young men aged 11 upwards. The programme asks boys to think critically about what it means ‘to be man’ and is designed to:

  • Promote healthy relationships.
  • Decrease language and actions that devalue women, girls and other marginalized groups.
  • Challenge harmful cultural and social norms.
  • Empower boys to more effectively negotiate relationships with their peers and make better decisions for themselves and those around them.

The content covered in the programme includes gender equality, gender socialisation; sexual bullying; harassment; sexual assault; consent; sexting; messages in media/music and healthy, respectful relationships.

The first FreeUP-Living Respectfully national introduction conference will take place on the 6th December 2017. Attendees of the event will:

  • Gain insight: As well as fascinating insights from our speakers , we provide current statistics and information on the scale and far reaching impact of entrenched gender roles for young men and women - and how educators can positively impact this
  • Learn how to help: We will share the structure, content, cost and training schedule of the FreeUp-Living Respectfully training so decision makers have the information needed to allocate a training budget for a programme which positively impacts young men and women for the long term
  • Hear from a previous student and coach: A previous student and trained coach will share their stories to provide the ‘lived experience’ of the impact of the training and the programme.

Keynote Speaker & Agenda:

Keynote: Chris Hemmings, critically acclaimed journalist and author of "Be A Man-How macho culture damages us and how to escape it" will provide his stunning insights and highly topical, life experiences .

A full agenda will follow.

The conference is open to all professionals working with children and young people in the public and voluntary sectors.

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Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre is now the South West Hub for the FreeUP-Living Respectfully Training Series. Alan Johnson, Principal, Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre says:

"One of the challenges that we face in education is how best to combat the many harmful cultural and social expectations that are played out in our schools and communities. I believe that as educators we have a responsibility to ensure that we provide a healthy alternative to some of the ideas that are taught to young men, sometimes unconsciously, and often reinforced by society. In doing so we can fundamentally shift attitudes and behaviours that will prevent violence and discrimination against women and other marginalized groups.

By ensuring that staff are skilled in recognising the language of coercive control and are actively promoting healthy, respectful relationships we will decrease the language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenge harmful cultural and social norms; and decrease instances of bullying and homophobia"

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