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Love in the Hunger Games

Fighting for love?





I love dystopian future stories. I don't know maybe there it is the part of me that loves to watch how things might fall apart. From the bleak Joss Whedon Firefly and Dollhouse TV shows or the amazing Metatropolis anthology to this new trilogy of books and 1st film the Hunger Games. By Suzanne Collins this triology explores a bleak near future where America has collapsed and ruled with an Iron Fist the capital city holds 12 districts under its thumb treating them as slave labour. Barely able to survive, working back breaking jobs the vast majority of the population serve the few rich capital city dwellers. As part of the capitals drive to keep the districts under heal and broken they city forces each district to select 2 young people to fight to the death in a televised event called the Hunger Games. The games themselves unfold in a very similar way to the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale but the world they are set in is significantly different. Sarah Hall has wr…

Relationship Assembly with Prezi

Relationships are kind of like trees


I just got back from doing a school assembly talking about relationships. In the short time I had we covered the basic idea that the relationships we have are first rooted in us. Therefore how we think and feel about ourselves impacts what kind of relationships we have (and even who we have relationships with). We looked at how body confidence, self esteem and emotions all impact our choices in a relationship. Plus we talked about how examples from our lives and in the Media shape what our expectations are in relationships. 


We then went on to think about how some attitudes act as the trunk supporting everything else in the relationship. I got the young people to suggest some attitudes that would be helpful in supporting a positive relationships. Then I revealed that trust and respect are the two attitudes I personally think are the most supportive in a relationship. 


Finally we talked about what I called the fruit of a relationship. All the stuff we …

Sex Education the need (infographic)

Treating the Sex Ed past of america as a learning opportunity


Just posting this info graphic by a guy called Greg Voakes who contacted me letting me know it was online to be shared (thank you). Whilst it is focused on the USA lots of the statistics are very informative for our work in Chester and the UK. I have always thought about the USA as a grand experiment in SRE approaches, we different approaches applied in entire states. But the experiment should be wrapped up. I think that it has conclusively proven that abstinence only education is not effective and that condom only education is not enough. We need comprehensive education that covers it all from the right to say no, emotional well being, relationships, STIs and contraceptives. (plus in my opinion, sex and technology for the next generation) 


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False Accusations; Safeguarding young people and staff

Does the system protect the vunrable? This is a big issue and working in the school enviroment and youth club enviroment has made me very aware of possible situations. Especially as my job is to talk about sex and relationships. This can be a very sensitive subject and needs to be responded to as such A good policy is essential. When I read this BBC article I was alternatively annoyed, worried, relieved and concerned. Most of all it highlighted the importance of a robust useable safeguarding policy. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16927479#story_continues_2Most accusations against teachers in Wales are droppedI was annoyed that teachers are getting their careers ruined by false accusation. Rex Phillips, from NASUWT is quoted in the BBC article as saying."It's every teacher's worst nightmare to have a false allegation made against them. Their reputation is damaged and they often find it hard to go back to work, even though they've been completely exonerated."We just …