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Getting it right for all pupils⤴

from @ Reach

Here’s something that can make a big difference to pupils’ lives. Ever heard of GIRFEC? It’s short for Getting it Right for Every Child. GIRFEC helps the adults who support you to work together to make sure you are ok and that you get the support you need. Check out this GIRFEC wheel picture. Teachers and other people who support you might use this wheel when talking to you about what is going well in your life and where you need more help.

What does GIRFEC mean for you?

GIRFEC should make sure that:

  • You understand what is happening and why.
  • You have been listened to and your wishes have been heard, understood and taken into account.
  • You feel confident about the help you are getting.
  • You are involved in discussions and decisions that affect you.
  • You know you will get support that is right for you as soon as possible.
  • People that are supporting you work together to make sure you get the support you need

Check out Ryan’s story to get an idea of what GIRFEC looks like in real life.

GIRFEC isn’t that easy to get your head around. One council has made an app to help make sense of it, worth checking out. 

Here’s how some of the older pupils at Gourock Primary  have helped people understand what GIRFEC is about by setting up a social enterprise. If your secondary school have done any projects like this, would be great to hear from you.

“The Games Café began with an idea from our P6 pupils in the school. They wanted to make sure that the rest of the pupils in the school knew the 8 wellbeing indicators. They thought of a game board with the wellbeing wheel in the centre and some stops around the outside where the player would think about the indicators. The Girfec Gameboard with question cards was completed and printed a year later.

We entered a local Dragons’ Den style competition where we pitched an idea to spread the word of our Girfec Gameboard through a Games Café for the school and community. This was a Social Enterprise bid and all funds would go to our Partner school in Malawi.

The Games Café has been running since August 2016 and already we have had parents, pupils and members of the community coming along to the Games Café for a coffee or tea, home baking and a chance to play the game.”

A big thank you to the Girfec Group at Gourock for writing this – Jess, Adam ,Duncan, Ellie & Maya.

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Does worrying about how you look hold you back at school? Let’s get real…⤴

from @ Reach

Do you feel under pressure from people at school to have the ‘perfect’ body? Social media, magazines, TV, films – sometimes it can feel like you can’t get away from all those pics of celebrities that tell you how you should look, what you should eat, and how you should behave.

If you find it hard to feel confident at school because of how you look, you’re not alone. Here are some of the findings from a recent survey by the YMCA called Somebody Like Me, where secondary school pupils all over the UK were asked about how they feel about their body image:

  • More than half of young people (52%) said they often worry about the way they look.
  • Almost a third (30%) of secondary school pupils said that not feeling confident about their bodies had made them isolate themselves so they didn’t have to take part in sport or other activities.
  • Almost three in five (57%) have or would consider going on a diet to change the way they look.
  • One in 10 (10%) would even consider having cosmetic surgery to change the way they look.

The Be Real Campaign is out to change how we feel about our bodies. They’re working with schools to encourage pupils to celebrate REAL bodies, of all shapes and sizes – each one completely and perfectly unique. If you think your school should do more to help pupils feel confident about their bodies, tell your teachers about this Be Real toolkit. The Be Real Campaign are also asking fashion, music and advertising companies to sign a pledge to say they will use more natural, real images of people – instead of airbrushing, using photoshop and only choosing super skinny models or blokes with big muscles.

Check out this film to find out more:


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