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My Former Life - Trainer (Stoke-on-Trent)

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The Bridge Centre

Birches Head Road

Stoke-on-Trent

ST2 8DD

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My Former Life: trainer is a training programme and package for educators, building on the existing film and resource.

My former life is a multimedia education resource based on a documentary about four former extremists. The film and accompanying resource explore the formers’ personal and political motivations for getting involved in violent conflict, the consequences of their actions, and their departure from a life of extremism. My Former Life combines the exploration of real-life stories with interactive and participatory exercises designed to raise self-awareness. This approach empowers participants to internalise the learning and develop personal strategies to develop their skills in building awareness of and resistance to destructive ideologies.

Who is it for?
  • Teachers and professionals from schools and colleges, from one or many institution(s) at a time
  • Up to 25-30 per cohort
How does it work?

The Programme will be participatory in its nature enabling attendees to experience and explore the materials first hand, as is the way we invite young people to partake. Activities will include:

  • An introduction to the project and the film and resource;
  • An overview of the educational and pedagogical approach utilised within the resources;
  • Best practices for the delivery of the film and resource;
  • A practical run-through of various exercises and activities;
  • Safeguarding issues and answering difficult questions;
  • Feedback and evaluation

The sessions will also provide an opportunity to answer questions about the project, films and resources, and participants will also receive additional materials and guidance on how to successfully deliver the My former life resources to young people.

ACTIVITIES include:

  • Exercises – interactive roleplay activities and problem solving games followed by patient processing of analysing their own and others behaviour and thinking.
  • Multimedia – using different multimedia to explore this topic.
  • Dialogue – with each other, with their teachers, with Foundation facilitators, on controversial issues from prejudice and discrimination to violent extremism.
    • Challenge prejudice constructively – recognising the breeding ground for ideas that can lead to divided groups and communities; how to challenge and counter this in practice and through the curriculum.
    • Conflict Resolution – learn techniques that can help to promote constructive confrontation of the issues rather than dodging the subject.
    • Countering extreme ideas and narratives – acquiring techniques and methods.
    • Managing the unexpected – conversations or incidents of challenging or concerning behaviour that arise during the day-to-day.
    • Opening a dialogue challenging prejudice constructively without just shutting sensitive discussions down and developing ideas and content to help ‘counter’ and introduce alternatives to ways of thinking.
    • Planning for future dialogue – building difficult conversations into curricula or sessions.

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ST2 8DD

United Kingdom

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