Dan’s story is a really powerful and poignant starting point for introducing this topic in the classroom and students can really empathise with what happened. The strength of this pack is that you have not tried to produce a ‘one size fits all’ approach. You have built in considerable flexibility so that this teaching pack will suit ALL schools regardless of how PSHE is delivered.
I think this is an inspired educational resource and a wonderful legacy to Dan’s memory.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
Kim Wilson, PSHE Curriculum Leader, King Edward V11 School – read more from Kim here.
It was a vital part of their PSHE experience which has given them the knowledge and skills to deal with a potentially hazardous health issue. The pack is well researched and thoughtfully presented, and has a definite impact on the audience. It is an excellent resource and one I would definitely use again and recommend to others.
Gina Heaton, Head of PSHE, Sheffield High School
I certainly think this is the most relevant PSE topic I have taught this year.
Chris Saunders, PSE Teacher, Westfield Sports College, Sheffield
I believe the pack covers a lot of things which perhaps would go unsaid in the curriculum and for this reason it is incredibly valuable. It really is something which needs to be dealt with and the resource does so in an intelligent and thoughtful manner.
Deborah Mitchell, Progress Manager, Stocksbridge High School, Sheffield
I really wanted to include a safety message in PHSE with respects to body piercing and was able to do so with the aid of the DAN AID pack produced by Christina Anderson. All my PHSE teachers who have delivered this resource feel that it is excellent and we will definitely be using it again next year.
Gaynor Black, Westfield Sports College, Sheffield
I have recommended to our PSHE programme in September to include next year for all pupils; excellent resource, well written and progressive.
Terry Hudson, PSHE Teacher, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, Sheffield
This pack is vitally important in promoting awareness about the dangers of using unregulated salons. It deals with issues which affect many young people, good use of VAK (Video, Auditory and Kinaesthetic learning styles) in the resources, lots of opportunities for discussion and feedback.
Hayley Jones, Head of PSHE & Citizenship, Hinde House School, Sheffield
Great background information – both to inform staff, to help staff answer questions from students and could be used to create additional resources/ activities if desired. I would definitely recommend the pack. The pack can easily be used by non specialists and people with no prior knowledge about piercing.
Students very much enjoyed watching the videos; they made it real and relevant, definitely makes it more interesting and appealing for students.
They were also touched by Dan’s story.
Helen Robertshaw, Leader PSHEE & Citizenship, Tapton School, Sheffield
Dan Aid is a really worthwhile cause, I had no idea how little regulation there is in the body piercing industry and I really do think that it is an essential part of the curriculum. The pack is really informative and helpful resource and there is so much scope for being able to adapt it for different age groups.
Sarah Turner, Sheffield Hallam University
Working with Dan Aid has been extremely rewarding. I am one hundred percent certain that Dan Aid will continue to be a huge success and will get the credit it much deserves, and I will most definitely be returning to it in the near future, as it is something in which is now a part of me and I am passionate about.
Jess Wilson, BA Hons English Language, Sheffield Hallam University
South Yorkshire Community Foundation is proud to be a long standing supporter of Dan Aid. Dan Aid has become a much needed resource for everyone on the health risks of body piercing and how to stay safe when considering having a piercing done.
CEO of SYCF, Ruth Willis