Pupils learn danger of peer pressure

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Resilience, self-esteem and peer pressure are issues being explored by Ilkeston students during workshops with the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

The sessions are being held at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy as part of the foundation’s ground-breaking Resilience Programme and will continue into the year along with workshops for staff and parents.

Students in years nine and ten have been looking at the underlying issues that cause drug and alcohol abuse and discussing alternative coping strategies.

Shona Sutherland, Resilience Programme co-ordinator for Derbyshire for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said the sessions had been going well.

She said: “Everyone has been really engaged and so far the students have been very positive.

“We look at a range of issues surrounding self-esteem, peer pressure and risky behaviour.

“For example, we might ask them what they would do in a certain situation such as if they were at a party and they needed a lift home but the person offering the lift had been drinking.”

Andy Ritchie, learning for life co-ordinator at Saint John Houghton CVA, said the workshops had been a great success.

He said: “The workshops delivered by the Amy Winehouse Foundation aim to build resilience in students.

“Having spoken to some of the pupils, the workshops have gone down really well and have been enjoyable for everyone.”