Upstanders Drop Down Day: Choosing to Act | Facing History & Ourselves
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Upstanders Drop Down Day: Choosing to Act

Through participation in this off-timetable day, young people will be able to consider how they have the power to impact others and shape their communities through their choices and actions. This event is for teachers in the UK.

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Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.

Civics & Citizenship Social Studies
Culture & Identity Democracy & Civic Engagement Human & Civil Rights Resistance
Equity Education Social-Emotional Learning

Sign up to run an Upstanders drop down day! 

We have designed all the materials you need to run an off-timetable day during the summer term for 11-14 year olds on the theme Choosing To Act. The day will encourage young people to think critically about the choices, risks, and rewards that are involved when they are called upon to be Upstanders. Students will be able to consider how they have the power to impact others and shape their communities through their choices and actions.

Our materials are aimed at educators who are looking for ways to invigorate their RSE, PSHE and Citizenship curriculums as well as schools looking for enrichment and personal development opportunities for their students.  

Please note this drop down day is available for UK educators only.  

Young people taking part in a Facing History Upstanders off timetable day will:

  • Develop the ability to write and think critically as they consider the needs of different audiences; 
  • Develop positive, healthy and nurturing relationships with their peers through the use of teamwork;
  • Develop decision making skills as they consider how their decisions matter and impact others;
  • Develop the skills of active listening, clear communication, negotiation and compromise;
  • Develop the ability to facilitate difficult discussions in a respectful way;
  • Develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know when and where to access support; and 
  • Develop the ability to consider the needs of their communities and to consider how they can shape their communities through active participation and positive action. 

Schools who choose to take part will receive:

  • An assembly PowerPoint to launch the day
  • An outline of how to structure the day, with five planned sessions and accompanying PowerPoints, to use on the theme of Choosing to Act 
  • Follow up opportunities for your students, including: 
    • The chance to publish a selection of your students’ writing about the experience on our Ideas This Week webpage
    • Extension into an autumn term enrichment project 
    • Attending Facing History Upstander events

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