Rise Above

 

Helping you teach PSHE curriculum topics to KS3 and KS4 pupils, with flexible lesson plans co-created with teachers and video content developed with 11-16 year olds.

 

Some topics and films may also be suitable for year 6.

Bullying and cyberbullying

In this lesson, students identify what being bullied means and the emotional impact it can have on someone.

Bullying lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore different situations in which people can treat others in a negative way, as well as discover strategies to deal with hurtful types of behaviour.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Starter activities — carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • A video drama, asking 'Do most fights start online?'

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Smoking

Encourage students to explore the reasons why they should choose not to smoke and how to resist peer pressure to do so.

Smoking lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students talk about scenarios where young people are encouraged or pressured to smoke and identify techniques for resisting this pressure.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Interactive 'Pick-a-path' role play film – use this core activity to encourage students to explore tricky situations and help them practise saying no when they're being pressured to try smoking
  • Starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas

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Online stress and FOMO

In this lesson, students explore the impact of using social media and the stresses it can cause, including FOMO ('fear of missing out').

FOMO lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer activities based on Rise Above films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress, and understand the importance of asking for help when needed.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities – 'Online stress and FOMO' and 'Online vs real world'

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Alcohol

In this lesson, students explore the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol and the impact this can have on them.

Alcohol lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students will be encouraged to identify and assess the risks associated with underage or irresponsible drinking, and how to deal with pressure from peers.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Starter activities — carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • Three films to support the activities, including 'Tyler James on alcohol', 'Up to You game', and 'Advice on pressure and role models'

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Exam stress

In this lesson, students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and develop strategies to help them manage it.

Exam stress lesson plan pack

Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and learn how to be supportive of friends who may also be experiencing stress.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students’ prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • 'Exam buddy' app peer-to-peer activity, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities, including 'Dealing with exam stress'

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Body image in a digital world

Encourage students to explore what body image is, how social media can impact it and ways to reduce stress or anxiety caused by online pressures.

Body image lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students discuss the impact of social media on body image and identify techniques for minimising stress that may arise from negative body image.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities – one featuring opinions from students and another featuring photographer and Instagrammer Tobi Shinobi

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Forming positive relationships

In this lesson, students examine the nature of friendships, identify some of the challenges that can arise and how to provide effective peer support.

Relationships lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore what makes a good friend and discuss strategies for dealing with difficult social situations.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Starter activities — carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • Four films to support the activities, including 'What makes a good friend?' with Cherry Wallis, and 'How to spot a frenemy'

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About Rise Above for Schools

Rise Above aims to help teachers deliver PSHE lessons to engage young people on a variety of key health issues, including: smoking, body image in a digital world and exam stress. Further lesson plans will become available later this academic year.

Engaging film content

The Rise Above films feature positive role models (influencers and vloggers) and act as conversation starters to facilitate student-led discussion on multiple issues to build resilience.

The films support teachers in their PSHE teaching, learning outcomes and delivering key health messages. All film content is co-created and tested by young people.

Flexible lesson plans

From 5 minute activities to 60 minute lessons, the lessons plans provide an extensive selection of flexible resources and video content that can be tailored to your PSHE class.

This includes specific starter activities to help carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding to track and evaluate their progress during the lesson.

Exploring sensitive topics

Core activities are designed to be used on a peer-to-peer basis, and include time to use the Rise Above website independently to consider topics students would prefer to explore on their own.

An independent study* has demonstrated that watching Rise Above video content for 10 minutes or more can drive positive behaviour change – young people reported a decrease in the appeal of risk-taking behaviours and found it significantly easier to talk to parents or carers about sensitive topics.

* by a leading research organisation (TNS BMRB, 2015-16)