Early intervention and prevention is key to changing attitudes and behaviours. Our #MakeaDifference programme has been co-produced with young people and is innovative, engaging and is delivered to around 10,000 children each year.
The overall aim of the #MakeaDifferenceScotland programme is to educate young people on the range of disabilities, including hidden disabilities, bullying and hate crime. We believe that early intervention and prevention will tackle attitudes and behaviours that lead to incidents within the school and community.
The programme has been designed to be progressive with lessons tailored to each year group e.g. P3 last year will progress to P4 programme this year. We focus on disabilities, exclusion, bullying, mental health and hate crime and the programme is an exciting, engaging and innovative way of reaching children from nursey school through to Primary 7.
Our programme offers children the opportunity to learn about and discuss these topics in a safe place. The programme is delivered within the classroom or on the Cinebus (this is a bus donated by Stagecoach and adapted into a mobile cinema and education unit)
I Am Me worked with young people, disabled people and partner organisations, such as Epilepsy Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland and Education Scotland to develop a suite of learning resources which is available for teachers to continue the discussion in the classroom. Each lesson is supported by a short film, which is appropriate for the age/primary school year and highlights how this links to and complement the experiences and outcomes set out in the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
The films prompt discussions surrounding people’s differences, feelings, values and beliefs, in turn supporting healthy relationships and helping children to flourish.
The Mental Health Strategy (2017), highlights that prevention and early intervention is Key to improve mental health in Scotland. In 2018-2019 the #MakeADifferenceScotland programme was updated to include a new Mental Health and Wellbeing section. This was developed by I Am Me Scotland and approved by RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health).
In addition to the discussion, a teacher’s pack has been prepared for further classroom activities and discussion if required.
We hope to:
We hope to work with more schools throughout Scotland and will strive to continuously develop and promote our programme to allow us to educate and listen to our children to make a difference in the future.
Introducing the world of difference in a fun, interactive way.
The aim of this programme is to introduce disability and raise awareness of the effects of bullying, using activities, drama and film. We aspire to work alongside the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) to ensure that the participants develop their attributes and capabilities through active engagement and a participative learning experience.
It is intended that through participating in the lessons, children and young people can be:
The Scottish Attainment Challenge is about achieving equity in education. This can be achieved by ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed, with a focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.
The pupil census (Scottish Government, 2018) highlights that there are a higher percentage of pupils who are assessed or declared as having a disability in Scotland’s most deprived areas (26.7% compared to 14.4%). The Attainment Scotland Fund Evaluation (Scottish Government, 2018) suggests that the Scottish Attainment Challenge works well while trying to improve attainment or health and wellbeing of pupils in poverty who also face inequalities as part of other characteristics such as disability and additional support needs.