Persona Education Newsletter, May-21
Relationships and sex education should support our young people in developing relationships that are Respectful, Responsible, Robust, Resilient, Reciprocal and Rewarding.
In September 2020 sex and relationships education in the UK was replaced in secondary schools by mandatory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). And from January 2021, inspectors started reporting on schools’ readiness to teach the new curriculum, and their future plans.
Persona consults teenagers all the time, and seeking insight for our upcoming 'Healthy Relationships' modules recently, we asked 26 young people in the UK about relationships. Our main take-away was that there are some incredibly sagacious teens out there. Most wished adults would acknowledge that relationships feel very real, and their feelings should not be brushed aside. Many also indicated that loving yourself is an important first step for any healthy relationship – also a key topic our student ambassador Samantha de Senna Fernandes has written about. And that's the theme we have adopted for our first Healthy Relationships Island module.
Video: Personality insights social-emotional e-learning for year 9-13, with Persona Life Skills
New app content: ‘Preparing for Exams’ Island learning module
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, 'Preparing for Exams', in which students learn social-emotional life skills to give themselves the best chance to do well in exams. More >
Persona people: Samantha de Senna Fernandes
Samantha is our Student Ambassador. Read about her inspiring journey through bullying, body shaming and self hate, to eventually loving herself, and now helping other teenagers to make that same journey.
Student data privacy FAQs
Schools and colleges often ask us about the important topic of student data privacy. We take GDPR and data protection very seriously, so we've come up with a set of FAQs covering the commonly asked questions about student data privacy, when using Persona Life Skills. More >
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Where next on our edtech journey?
As secondary schools and colleges in the UK and elsewhere continue to face many pandemic-related challenges that threaten to overwhelm them, we are seeing an almost daily flow of stats and facts illustrating the problems. Here are just a few:
- 84% of UK teachers say they are stressed (Bernardo's)
- 70% of international school leaders say say they came close to breaking point during 2020 (Positive Principal)
- 55% of UK teachers say the one thing they would like most right now is an extra free period each week (Teacher Tapp)
We also hear first hand from teachers and school leaders about the pressures they are under, and we are incredibly grateful to those who have made time in their busy schedules this term to start a free trial of Persona Life Skills. We firmly believe it's a time investment that will pay off, benefitting your students as well as your hard-pushed PSHE, wellbeing and life skills teachers!
Here are some of the latest features and content now included with a Persona Life Skills subscription – get in touch to find out more:
- Teacher Onboarding – an Island (learning module) for teachers, saving them time and giving them the confidence to teach Persona Life Skills, through understanding the pedagogy, curriculum and outcomes.
- Teacher Resources – ready-made PDF downloads that teachers can download in the app, with everything they need to know about Persona Life Skills, including 'About' documents, 'Policies' and 'Guides'.
- My Guided Tours – micro-learning modules supporting individual students on particular life skills, such as active listening, self-confidence and effective teamwork.
With a big thank you to the team at Persona, our investors and advisors, and all our inspiring schools and students, tech partners and supporters.
CEO & Founder
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