“I am PSHE Curriculum Lead at King Edward V11 School Sheffield, where I have been a teacher for over twenty years. I am passionate about keeping PSHE up-to-date and relevant to the needs of our students so when an opportunity provided itself to be involved with Christina’s working party on body piercings I seized the opportunity.
The Dan Aid teaching resource promised to fill a void in terms of keeping healthy and safe: SRE, substance misuse, E-safety, bullying etc are areas which are well-resourced but the Dan Aid resource has been the only teaching resource I have come across which explores body piercing and how to stay safe. It does so in a way which makes it user-friendly and versatile, so that schools can be flexible in their choice of delivery (whether through form tutors, assemblies, PSHE, drop-down days etc). One of my students told me a hair-raising tale of a piercing using a needle and potato; this was only one of many anecdotes about piercing I heard in the classroom flagging up a need to ensure students are given accurate information, to help them make informed choices. This excellent teaching resource will help me do that.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this teaching resource. I loved the A5 format which was both neat and compact. The books were well laid out and really informative. The briefing notes were excellent and the clear index meant I could dip in and out of sections quickly to find the information I needed.
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. Schools can choose to deliver the content using the detailed lesson plans or tailor make their own lessons. The video clips are excellent – my students were excited that they recognised locations (and sometimes young people) and could relate to what they said.
When involved in the original pilot I came across horrendous stories of risk-taking: DIY piercings involving needles and potatoes are not easy to forget, nor are the stories of infected or rejected piercings. Involvement in the working party from the beginning meant I witnessed the consultation and research that went into producing a user-friendly and versatile resource.
The new National Curriculum, which comes into effect from September 2014, has a brief summary concerning PSHE (which will remain non-statutory). It states that schools are expected to use their PSHE programmes to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. The Dan Aid teaching resource on body piercings will make a valuable contribution towards that aim.
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.
I feel privileged to have contributed in a small way to this inspired educational resource which is 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, Sheffield