Benefits to schools
The GREAT Project has been developed in response to the disturbing fact that 1 in 10 children are living with domestic violence. It has been designed to reduce the devastating impact that domestic violence so very often has on the lives of children, including poor attainment in education.
The GREAT Project enables primary school children to gain knowledge about healthy relationships, to explore what domestic violence is and to know where to go for help and support.
The GREAT Project has been designed to complement Key Stage 2 Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) objectives and has been created in consultation with pupils.
The GREAT Project resources are interesting, colourful, interactive and take into account visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. The resources are accessible for a range of abilities and are designed to enable pupils to retain, remember and recall the information.
The GREAT Project has been designed to enable a sensitive approach to the delivery of a specialist topic.
3 children in a class of 30 may be living with domestic abuse
Additional benefits to pupils
The GREAT Project is designed to enable children to recognise their right to live free from fear and to encourage healthy attitudes to relationships.
The GREAT Project activities are designed to nurture self-esteem and sense of well-being.
The GREAT Project provides children with information on a range of appropriate services, resulting in greater access, reduced isolation and improved safety.
Each participant will receive a GREAT Project: Workbook, Pencil, Sticker and Certificate.
The GREAT Project is age appropriate, fun, interactive and has been designed to serve children well now and in their future lives.
Schools are encouraged to use the creative work produced throughout the project to create displays for the benefit of other pupils, teachers, parents and governors.
Schools will be provided with feedback from The GREAT Project evaluation process, which takes place pre-project, project end and a month following the project. The evaluations aim to monitor change in attitudes and retention of knowledge.
Domestic abuse is, for some children, a sensitive topic to discuss. With this is mind The GREAT Project contains activities that are age appropriate, of a sensitive nature and takes account of diverse family situations.
In addition, each session begins with a Group Agreement, an essential tool used to create a safe learning space for children to learn within. The Group Agreement includes the importance of being respectful and helpful, highlights confidentiality and guidance around disclosure.