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It’s not OK (Ariel)

Resources for teachers to deliver intensive, issue-based education tackling a range of social issues.

Project summary

  • Funding awarded: £302,622
  • Duration of programme: 3 years
  • Number of beneficiaries: 44,925
  • Replication areas (England): Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, Wakefield, Staffordshire and Manchester
  • Partners: INOK Steering Committee includes representatives from Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police, Liverpool PCT and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Intervention: ‘It’s not OK’ Violence Prevention Education Programme

In order to prevent young people from taking pathways into offending this intervention tackles a range of social issues, changing attitudes and behaviour. These are the issues that drag young people into offending behaviour, such as alcohol misuse, joining gangs, racial and homophobic bullying and arson.

Ariel will provide a service that empowers schools to deliver the It’s not OK (INOK) education programme.

The INOK resources provide teachers with an intensive issue-based education programme. The creative multimedia programmes vary in their intensity and frequency but generally provide the equivalent of a half-term of activity with two lessons per week.

Project Development Officers will be responsible for promoting the programme and engaging new schools and local authority areas. They will set up teacher training programmes for English, maths, science, PSHE and primary teachers from local schools. They will facilitate these workshops in order to provide teachers with free access to the INOK resources and to empower them to use them within their teaching. They will also provide on-going support to teachers by phone and email.

The above model will be repeated in nine new local authority areas on an on-going basis over the life of the project.

Delivery organisation: Ariel

Ariel Trust has been delivering face-to-face projects with young people aged eight to 14-years-old since 2003. They deliver workshop programmes that develop skills in multimedia, and enable young people to use these new skills to explore issues affecting their lives and communities.

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