We’re delighted to present the first of our ‘An interview with…’ articles, starting with Rod Isaacs.
Rod is an Assistant Head of Sixth Form at an independent Catholic school, responsible for RSHE and promoting the Life to the Full programme within his school.
Recently I had the pleasure of chatting more with Rod about his experience of using the current Life to the Full Year 10/11 content in his Sixth Form classes, and how they practically implemented this in the school. He also shared some helpful tips on how to engage Post-16 pupils with Ten Ten’s resources.
Resources for Post-16 Pupils
To help you make the most out of Life to the Full for Post-16 Pupils, here are our current resources as discussed with Rod, that you can adapt and use now.
Using Year 10 and 11 Content
Year 10’s content covers a broad range of subjects such as authentic freedom, parenthood and abuse. The format of the videos for Year 10 changes from previous years, where fictional dramas have pupils meeting different characters each week. Nathan and I, the presenters for Life to the Full, unpick the major themes in these dramas and explore how they apply to students where they are at, opening up discussion and time for self reflection.
Video content in the sessions for Year 11 is predominantly made up of interviews with real people who have encountered the issues brought up in each session. Nathan and I provide some context and discussion questions along the way, allowing the powerful real-life stories to do most of the talking and teaching.
Using Extension Activities
There’s so much within the Life to the Full programme, that running it for Sixth Form students can provide opportunities to include the Extension Activities in order to reinforce learning and facilitate deeper discussion. You can find these on the Session Notes documents.
Cinema In Education
We have two Cinema in Education resources aimed at Post-16 students.
The film for Year 12, ‘Common Room’, follows four students as they make the transition between Year 11 and Sixth Form. The film deals with issues concerning drugs, alcohol, relationships, work, success and failure.
‘Bakhita’s Prayer’ is a film for Year 13 students which explores the theme of modern slavery and human trafficking. In the documentary style video, students follow St Josephine Bakhita’s story and shows how the slave trade continues in modern forms. It offers ways in which injustice can be tackled and shows Sixth Form students from a school in West London doing just that.
You can also find useful training materials for running our Cinema in Education resources on our website.
We are proud to partner with Sycamore, an informal video course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today, hosted by Father Stephen Wang.
The course includes 20 videos and session guides exploring topics such as ‘What is happiness?’, ‘Who is Jesus?’, ‘The Bible’ and ‘The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation’.
If you want to use Sycamore in your school or Sixth Form, find out more about the pathways available to you, and take a look at the trailer for the series: