What Makes A (Hu)Man – Primary.

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What Makes A (Hu)Man – Primary.

As you will know, I’ve spent the last ten years talking about unhealthy relationships among young people, and this has developed into the What Makes A Man / (Hu)Man KS3, KS4 and Sixth-Form sessions in the past year about boys and men and the resurgence of old-style dominance-based masculinities, fuelled by ‘influencers’ on social media who create engagement with misogynistic and sexist themes which have real influence on the opinions and attitudes of young people.

As access to the internet and smartphones happens earlier – with 53% of children having access to their ‘own’ phone by the age of 7 and 90% of 11 year olds owning their own device…with their access to the internet nearly always being gained via this device – children are being exposed to materials, attitudes and opinions which they are not necessarily able to process or distance themselves from.

Disappointingly, a number of primary teachers have recently been recommended my services because their Year 5 and 6 boys are exhibiting entrenched sexist and even misogynistic views. Combined with children’s increasing access to adult content (kids aged 9-12 cite porn viewing as ‘frequent’ and children as young as six have viewed adult content according to Abbey Wright’s research with 10,000 young people) we are heading for a generation of young people influenced towards unhealthy behaviour and relationships.

.So, here it is: What Makes A (Hu)Man – Primary.

I’ve adapted What Makes A Man and its mixed-sex sibling What Makes A (Hu)Man and made it age-appropriate for younger audiences in Primary and Middle Schools, redesigned for mixed groups and it’s fundamentally about equality, empathy and respect.

  • Why is respect important?
  • What is equality (in all its forms) and how close are we to it?
  • Where are we on the        Empathy <———> Judgement       continuum and how can we stay empathetic?

We will take a trip along Equality Street and see how much there is still to do to make everyone feel safe, valued and respected in society.

The sessions work as a mixed assembly session and then some work with smaller groups and if required,  boys separately.

We want to draw KS2 children’s attention to the fact that although we are all different, we all deserve to be treated in an equal manner and be offered the same opportunities regardless of our personal circumstances, identity or background.

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