The Spectrum Project is an all Wales programme funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by experienced teachers in primary and secondary schools. The free, bilingual, workshops are linked to the Health and well-being Area of Learning of the new draft curriculum for Wales 2022 and promote the importance of healthy relationships whilst raising the awareness of children, young people and adults about the issues of domestic abuse, sexual violence and violence against women. The engaging activities are designed to be thought provoking and promote peer discussion but are not intended to be so emotive as to cause distress.
The conclusion of every session provides information for young people on where they can access help and support both inside and outside of school. Spectrum also delivers training for school staff and governors about understanding the impact of domestic abuse on a child and raises awareness by looking at a whole school approach to tackling domestic abuse.
The Spectrum project can also facilitate a Peer Education Programme with Primary Schools on the subject of safety, after the sessions the older pupils of the school will be equipped to disseminate the messages they’ve learnt to the younger pupils of the school in a Peer Education event.
The Spectrum project features in the Estyn review of healthy Relationship Education report 2017, where it is noted that schools who engage with the Spectrum Project display best practice in Healthy Relationship Education.
How our resources fit the New Curriculum
We have additional resources and activities readily available that are in line with the Health and Well-being area of Learning and Experience of the new draft curriculum for Wales 2022.
HWB resources are available as follow on resources to our sessions that we deliver to schools. All lesson plans and resources include information for teachers on how each one fits the following areas of learning experience:
- Links with learning and other areas
- Experience, knowledge and skills
- Digital Competency
- Relationship and Sexuality Education
These also includes a statement on how each one includes a Whole School Approach.
These include activities aimed at Foundation Phase to KS3/4, ranging from ‘999 or not’ activity reinforcing keeping safe and knowing when to phone ‘999’, healthy relationship word searches, spot the difference game, board games to quizzes and tasks such as creating a ‘Recipe for a Healthy Relationship’.
The Spectrum Gender Pack is a new bilingual resource which explores gender stereotypes and activities promoting gender equality. This will also be offered to primary schools. Included in the pack are:
- Staff training on Gender Equality
- Guidance for parents and a parent session
- Lesson plans and resources on gender stereotypes
- Class/School Assemblies
Alongside the Spectrum school sessions, these resources and activities aim to support teachers and learners in implementing the new draft curriculum.
Information on Staff Training
Content of Training:
- Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women
- The Impact of Domestic Abuse on a Child / Young Person
- A Whole School Response to Tackling Domestic Abuse
Who should attend the training?
- All school staff, including school patrol officers, dinner supervisors, support staff etc. This is to ensure a cohesive response from all so that a Whole School Response to tackling Domestic Abuse is achieved.
- We also deliver similar sessions to parents and governors should the school wish us to.
- One hour allows us to give a general overview of the topic areas as mentioned above. (We do not recommend any less than an hour as it is an intense training session)
- Three hours allows us to give a more detailed overview with more opportunities for discussion.
- An all-day training would allow us to provide more in depth information as well as the opportunity to discuss our approach to raising awareness of Domestic Abuse and associated issues in schools.
General Information Regarding the Project:
All training is free and funded directly by the Welsh Government.
We deliver training through the mediums of both Welsh and English and use bilingual resources.
All training is delivered by qualified and experienced teachers.
All sessions relate directly to the Numeracy and Literacy and PSE Frameworks.
A free support pack is given to all schools with support information and guidance, including bookmarks, posters, support cards and a Whole School Response booklet.
Web based information, games, resources and follow on lesson plans are available to schools on both our website and on Hwb and feature our support mascots Spectrum Ted and Spectrum Superhero.
- ‘Concise, informative and well presented.’
- ‘Helpful to identify what the school is doing and where we need to improve.’
- ‘Important to recognise the signs of abuse.’
- ‘Raising awareness and promoting discussion.’
- ‘Very useful and practical all children and staff should be aware of the signs/symptoms of Domestic Abuse.’
- ‘It helps children to become aware of what is healthy and may help them come forward and say if they feel something is wrong.’
- ‘The delivery was clear, excellent resources. Questions were answered well. Friendly atmosphere.’
- ‘Important and useful information in identifying Domestic Abuse and how it can affect behaviours in the children I teach.’
- ‘Very informative session – lots learned in a short amount of time.’
- ‘Very informative training. Activities enabled discussion about signs to watch out for and the various types of abuse.’
- ‘Hyfforddiant pwysig I bob unigolyn fod yn ymwybodol o.’
- ‘Wedi codi ymwybyddiaeth o arwyddion cam-drin domestig a’r effaith ar blant. Hyfforddiant gwych – cyfleoedd i drafod a dosbarthu datganiadau.’
- ‘Ehangu gwybodaeth staff o gam-drin.’
- ‘Codi mwy o ymwybyddiaeth o arwyddion cam-drin domestig yn y cartref.’
- ‘Provides strategies which can be put in place to support the while school approach.’
- “Very clear and informative, very well presented. Some statistics surprised and shocked me.”
Primary Staff after pupil session:
Would you recommend this sessions to other schools?
- Yes – ‘Because it is a vitally important topic to cover and pupils need to know this.’
- Yes – ‘Children need to be aware of Healthy Relationships and what is acceptable before they get into relationships themselves.’
- Yes – ‘It helps to raise the children’s awareness of domestic abuse and what a positive relationship looks like.’
- Yes – ‘Because it is very informative.’
- Yes – ‘Not all staff aware. Many people together can make a huge difference.’
Secondary Staff after pupil session:
- Very thought provoking and set out well for students to understand such a sensitive area.’
- Informative and practical. Good use of activities to break up session and keep students engaged.’