What we do
Relationships, Health, Wellbeing, and Drugs Education
Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley (LEW&TV) is a local charity providing relationships, health, wellbeing, and drugs education to children aged 3-13 in schools across:
Wessex - Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset
Thames Valley - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and East Swindon
Our programmes are delivered under the strapline ‘Helping Children Make Healthy Choices’. Trained Educators use evidence-based, interactive, creative methods and resources to stimulate curiosity and imagination, and where a positive, fun-filled experience helps children to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their own positive choices about their physical and emotional health.
Our memorable life skills sessions are currently delivered as 'Life Base' in school or as 'SCARF Live Online' sessions via Zoom. LEW&TV takes a three strand approach addressing children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes, and programmes are aligned with the National Curriculum (Citizenship, PSHE Education), covering all Key Stages. We also help schools meet their statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, and Ofsted inspection criteria for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Recognising the role of the community and home life in influencing children’s choices, we also deliver special sessions and assemblies for parents and carers to amplify our effectiveness.
What children experience
Children’s experience of the Life Education sessions is fun, engaging and memorable. They meet Harold the Giraffe puppet (‘Healthy Harold’), and friends, have discussions and watch short films about healthy eating, legal and illegal drugs and their effects, the body and how it works, friendships and their influence, and how choices and behaviours can affect children’s health and education outcomes. Life Education’s interventions include challenging social norms – misperceptions of peers’ engagement with risky behaviour – to engender more positive behaviours.
Alongside our mobile classroom, LifeSpace or in-classroom visit, online teacher resources called SCARF (which represents our values for children of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) provide a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially.
Meeting all DfE requirements for statutory Relationships and Health Education, and mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, SCARF is a framework consisting of lesson plans, online planning, assessment and Ofsted tools to give busy teachers skills and confidence to embed a comprehensive RSHE, PSHE and Wellbeing programme throughout the primary years. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing. Find out about SCARF Online