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Overview

Age From: 

5

Age To: 

12

Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students

Components: 

  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students

Issues: 

  • Social and emotional skills
  • Drug Education

Overview: 

Target group:
Resilience Education and Drug Information (REDI) programs are designed to focus on preventing and reducing harm from drug use by building more resilient children and young people aged from 5 through to 12 years of age.

Aims: 

All REDI for the Early Years of Schooling is designed to achieve the following outcomes for teachers and school staff:

  • An awareness of the rationale for drug education in the early years
  • Identification of the principles of drug education in the early years
  • Understanding of the role of resilience, social and emotional competence and protective behaviours in student health and wellbeing
  • Integration of the research findings with school practice
  • Understanding of the importance of a whole school approaches to building resilience and developing social and emotional competencies

One and All and The Big Move are designed to achieve the following outcomes in students:

  • Assesses options and consequences in responding to unsafe situations
  • Discusses how taking on different roles affects relationships, attitudes and behaviours
  • Analyses the ways in which people define their own and other people’s identities
Implementation/Delivery

Details: 

REDI encompasses classroom-based multimedia resources for middle primary and upper secondary students, as well as professional learning packages for school staff. These are as follows:

All REDI for the Early Years of Schooling is designed to support school leaders and early years teachers (teachers of children 5-8 years) in developing a holistic approach to building student resilience and social and emotional competencies.

One and All is designed for middle primary school students and focuses on providing students with opportunities to develop and practice skills in social and emotional competence which promote resilience. They also raise issues around drugs within the broader context of staying safe and seeking help.

The Big Move, the set of classroom resources designed for upper primary students, explores issues of drug use, in particular alcohol and tobacco. The skills that are addressed include: decision-making, self-talk, finding information, being assertive, forming and maintaining relationships, expressing one’s needs and opinions.

The website (http://www.deewr.gov.au/schooling/programs/redi/Pages/default.aspx) contains information on drug information for all school staff. This includes:

  • A resource list of key school drug education policies and resources available nationally
  • A drug name translator
  • A Reading Room containing current research, useful statistics, examples of good practice in school drug education and key school drug education documents.

An All REDI portal on the REDI website will be operational during 2007 to further support the Professional Learning Package, national workshops, and national communication strategy.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

The student resources for One and All and The Big Move are designed to allow teachers to use them in consecutive lessons, or as stand-alone lessons. This enables the resource to be incorporated into existing units of work, or used as a stand-alone unit of work.

Each resource is made up of a video containing trigger scenarios that raise discussion about change, and challenging social situations involving peer pressure. Specifically, they each cover:

  • Middle primary – One and All resources have been designed to provide opportunities for children to learn and practice skills that underpin social and emotional competence and which foster resilience.
  • Upper primary – The Big Move focuses on change and peer pressure and includes negotiating relationships with friends, family and new people and in unfamiliar situations. It helps build students’ resilience and enhances their own capacities for health and wellbeing.

There are separate guides for both the video and DVD, which contain workshop activities on resilience and drug education, ethos and environment, partnerships and services and curriculum. Handouts and overhead transparency masters are also included.

Staff professional learning (PL):
The REDI professional development resources have been designed to be used either in sequence, as part of a structured school staff development program, or as separate professional development opportunities. Professional Development Training Modules are now available on the All REDI portal of the website. All REDI comprises five Professional Learning Package Modules that contain key information on:

  • The context to drug education for the early years of schooling
  • The culture of schools that build resilience and develop social and emotional competence
  • Resilience and drug information for early years’ students
  • Leading the social and emotional competencies and drug education programs for the early years
  • An implementation guide for the All REDI project

The professional development aspect of One and All and The Big Move involves a set of resources comprising two separate videos with matching facilitator guides, and a CD-ROM. These resources are designed for use within a workshop format:

  • REDI for the School Community Video and Facilitator Guide is a professional development resource for the wider school community that outlines the resilience approach to drug education.
  • REDI for the Classroom Video and Facilitator Guide is a professional development resource for teachers that contain teaching strategies for a resilience approach to drug education.
  • REDI for Practice CD-ROM is a support resource for teachers to explore and enrich their understanding of drug education, particularly in the areas of resilience and using interactive and inclusive strategies in the classroom.

Cost: 

The REDI resources are provided free of charge to all schools in Australia. Some REDI material is also available through the website. The REDI resources are provided free of charge to all schools in Australia.

Program Specific Audience: 

KMP

Structured Sessions: 

4

Student Assessment Measures: 

0

Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 

No

Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

Yes
Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 

0

Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

(According to criteria developed by CASEL for rating program effectiveness.) No evaluations were submitted that met the inclusion criteria.

Identified Theoretical Framework: 

Yes

Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

There is a clear connection between resilience and learning outcomes for young people. Learning and performing well at school are protective factors against drug related harm. The same strategies and skills that foster resilience and self esteem also promote learning – caring relationships and environment, social and emotional competence and positive expectations. A holistic approach to student health and wellbeing needs to start during the early years of schooling.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 

No

References: 

An evaluation of All REDI for the Early Years of Schooling has been conducted and a final report is pending.

Author(s)/Contacts

Author(s): 

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Centre for Learning Innovation (CLI), Insight Consulting Partners Pty Ltd, and the Australian Catholic University

Contact Information: 

Director
Student Wellbeing Section
Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
GPO Box 9880
Canberra, ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6240 8111
Email: drugeducationprogramme@dest.gov.au