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					TEACHER & RESOURCES                         UNIT 1:       LESSON 2:
                                            RELATIONSHIPS PEER PRESSURE
STUDENT   TO
NOTES     ACCOMPANY
          ‘BEING
          VICTOR’
Curriculum Areas                                                   Age
PSHE, Tutorial                                                     Group
                                                                   11-16



To support the on-line teen soap ‘Being Victor’, TrueTube have developed a series of 20
lesson plans that fit into 5 themes in the PSHE curriculum.

The themes are:           1        Relationships
                          2        Online Identity
                          3        Sex & Promiscuity
                          4        Depression
                          5        Young Carers

There are 4 lessons in each Unit. Each lesson can be used separately and can be completed by a
class in 45-60 minutes, or extended and adapted to suit personal priorities and curriculum needs.

This pack contains a Teacher Sheet and a Student Sheet for:

Unit1: Relationships               Lesson2:         Peer Pressure


Like all lessons in the Being Victor lesson pack series, this lesson uses as its stimulus the CTVC
series Being Victor and a range of issue-based films from the TrueTube website. Both provide
entertaining and engaging media to involve the target youth audience in frank discussions and
explorations of the social and moral issues that are important in their lives. It is suggested that
this Lesson be incorporated into schemes of work in PSHE and/or used, as appropriate, in
tutorial sessions. To facilitate this, the Lesson can be completed in 45 minutes but could also be
extended and adapted to suit personal priorities and curriculum needs.
Being Victor is the story of Vinnie Dupe and his online alter-ego Victor Sage. A ten-week online
live action teen drama, it follows the lives of Vinnie and his friends as they cope with college,
family, work and the nightmarish rules of teenage life. The content of the drama has been
developed to tackle hard issues and give young people a forum to stimulate thought, dialogue and
debate around these issues. The series is accompanied by Victor’s Blog that went live 10 weeks
before broadcast in order to help create the back-story it continues live alongside the episodes.
                                   http://www.victorsblog.co.uk
TrueTube is a free, award-winning, website which uses real-life stories and issues to encourage
teenagers to explore and debate the world of morality, ethics, politics and religion. TrueTube
brings to life the subjects at the heart of Secondary Education using short-form, web-based video
and multimedia technology. The site encourages teenagers to find their voice as they explore
their own value systems and those of their peers around the corner and across the world.
Teachers can use the site as a catalyst to encourage classroom discussion and as a tool to aid
learning through audio-visual media. As well as the resources here, the site offers a range of
targeted teaching resource packs which include Lesson plans and Lessons which fit with the
QCA2007 curriculum. Because streaming media in an educational environment is not always
practical, most of the films on TrueTube are downloadable as MPEG-4’s. These files are
automatically associated with QuickTime and you will need this in order to play back films you
have downloaded.
To access the films and learn more about True Tube visit: www.truetube.co.uk
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The aims of these sites support the stated aims of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4
PSHE: Personal wellbeing.


‘Personal wellbeing helps young people to embrace change, feel positive about who they are and
enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities students
recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and
behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.
As students learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they
build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities. As they explore
similarities and differences between people and discuss social and moral dilemmas, they learn to
deal with challenges and accommodate diversity in all its forms. The world is full of complex and
sometimes conflicting values. Personal wellbeing helps students explore this complexity and
reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes. They identify and articulate feelings and
emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively, and form and maintain effective
relationships with a wide range of people. Personal wellbeing makes a major contribution to the
promotion of personal development.’
                             National Curriculum Programmes of Study PSHE: Personal Wellbeing


The full list of Units and Lessons for the Being Victor lesson plan series is:

             Unit 1 Relationships
                 Teacher Notes
                 Lesson 1 Belonging
                 Lesson 2 Peer Pressure
                 Lesson 3 Friends and Family
                 Lesson 4 Resolving Differences
             Unit 2 Online Identity
                 Teacher Notes
                 Lesson 1 Better Than Real Life
                 Lesson 2 Meeting Online
                 Lesson 3 Online Behaviour
                 Lesson 4 Cyberbullying
             Unit 3 Sex and Promiscuity
                 Teacher Notes
                 Lesson 1 Attitudes to Sex
                 Lesson 2 Risky Business
                 Lesson 3 Designing the Sex Education Curriculum
                 Lesson 4 Saying ‘No’ and Meaning It
             Unit 4 Depression
                 Teacher Notes
                 Lesson 1 Emotional Health
                 Lesson 2 Understanding Depression
                 Lesson 3 Emotional Intelligence
                 Lesson 4 The Reality of Suicide
             Unit 5 Young Carers
                 Teacher Notes
                 Lesson 1 What is Caring?
                 Lesson 2 The Effects of Caring
                 Lesson 3 Awareness
                 Lesson 4 Support for Carers




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TEACHER NOTES       1.2

Theme              Lesson 2 of 4:    Curriculum Area      Age Group
RELATIONSHIPS      PEER              PSHE, Tutorial       11-16
                   PRESSURE


The following notes give specific background and pointers for teaching the Lessons as well as
the Key Concepts (National Curriculum) covered.

Symbols Used in student notes/Lesson outlines


           True Tube film(s)                              Work sheet



           Written task                                   Group work
Lesson 2
Unit 1: RELATIONSHIPS: Lesson 2: Peer Pressure 45 minutes


Learning Objectives
 Explore the effects of peer pressure
 Rehearse strategies for resisting negative peer pressure
 Assess what strategies would work in a particular situation
Resources:
Access to TrueTube website on individual PCs (or on whiteboard)
Access to Episode 1 of Being Victor at MTV.co.uk /Being Victor or at TrueTube.co.uk
Sheet 1.2 Free Choice

Film Digest
TITLE                          LOCATION
Being Victor Episode 1         http://www.mtv.co.uk/shows/being-victor
                               OR
                               http://www.truetube.co.uk/being-victor




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Curriculum References
KEY STAGE 3
1.3 Risk
a.       Understanding risk in both positive and negative terms and understanding that
    individuals need to manage risk to themselves and others in a range of situations.
b.       Appreciating that pressure can be used positively or negatively to influence others in
    situations involving risk.
c.       Developing the confidence to try new ideas and face challenges safely, individually and
    in groups.
KEY STAGE 4
1.3 Risk
a.       Understanding risk in both positive and negative terms and understanding that
    individuals need to manage risk to themselves and others in a range of personal and social
    situations.
b.       Appreciating that pressure can be used positively or negatively to influence others in
    situations involving risk.
c.       Developing the confidence to try new ideas and face challenges safely, individually and
    in groups.
Discussion Points
 Ask for students thoughts on which courses of action listed on Sheet 1.2 are
    inappropriate in every situation and in Vinnie’s case in the first episode. For example
    deflecting attention onto someone else would be cowardly and create a threatening
    situation for someone else; telling Danny what Vinnie thinks of him could make the
    situation worse, possibly even violent; going along with the crowd is what Vinnie does
    and ends up tied naked to a lamp post.
 Watch some of the role-plays in which a friend offers Vinnie good advice. Rehearse how
    Vinnie could have used the advice.
Reading/Extras
            Ask students to rewrite the script to show a more positive outcome for Vinnie
            where he behaves more assertively and is supported by Eva and his sister.
            Alternatively, students could rewrite the script to include a character who
            supports Vinnie against the mob.

Key Charities – Useful Information and Support
 http://www.horsesmouth.co.uk/publisha.content/Life/topics.publisha?topic=Relationshi
  ps+and+Family
 www.getconnected.org.uk
 www.bullying.co.uk
 http://www.thesite.org/sexandrelationships/familyandfriends/friendship
 http://www.relate.org.uk/home/index.html




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STUDENT           Unit 1             Relationships:      Curriculum
SHEET             Lesson 2           Peer Pressure       Area
                                                         PSHE, Tutorial

Peer Pressure
Learning Objectives                                                              Total Time
 Explore the effects of peer pressure                                           45 minutes
 Rehearse strategies for resisting negative peer pressure
 Assess what strategies would work in a particular situation
Resources:
Access to TrueTube website on individual PCs (or on whiteboard)
Access to Episode 1 of Being Victor at MTV.co.uk /Being Victor or at TrueTube.co.uk
Sheet 1.2 Free Choice

10 minutes        Introduction
                  1.   With a partner, watch Episode 1 of Being Victor [07:30]. What does
                       Vinnie do that he might not want to do? Why does he behave this way?
                  2.   How do you think Vinnie feels at the end of the episode? Why?
10 minutes        Main Lesson
                  1.   Given the way the evening ended, what could Vinnie have done
                       differently? If you need help getting started, select the options you think
                       might have worked best for Vinnie from Sheet 1.2 Free Choice.
25 minutes        Plenary and Reflection
                  1.   Identify which of the options on the sheet are negative and inappropriate
                       in most situations. Explore the possible consequences of the negative
                       choices.
                  2.   Which options are unsuitable in this particular instance and why?
                  3.   Decide with a partner which would have been the best choice(s) and
                       why.
                  4.   Imagine that Vinnie has a friend at the party who is willing to offer sound
                       advice. Role-play with your partner the conversation they might have.
                  5.   Share your ideas with your class.




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Sheet 1.2
                  Free Choice
Look at the following list of choices people have when they get into tricky situations. Not
all are sensible and/or apply in all situations. Which could Vinnie have tried and what,
do you think, the consequences would have been?
                                                                                     Good
Choices                                                                              choice
                                                                                       
1. Walk away from the situation – it’s going to end badly


2. Avoid the situation – don’t go in the first place


3. Turn the negative attention onto someone else


4. Be confident – talk positively about yourself


5. Say, ‘no,’ as if you mean it – stand tall and look the person in the eyes


6. Change the subject or suggest something different


7. Be persistent – if the person doesn’t accept your decision, repeat it


8. Ignore those who are being unkind and find a friend


9. Stay in a safe group with people you trust – take a friend


10. Tell the person, honestly and firmly, what you think of them


11. Just go along with the crowd to please them


12. Explain the consequences of the action



 Who else could/should have helped Vinnie and why?
 What course of action do you think would have saved Vinnie from the humiliation of
  being tied naked to the lamppost?



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