Expecting More – Teenage Pregnancy (RSE)

Expecting More - SRE & Teenage Pregnancy 1

It is important that young people are educated about RSE so that they can make positive informed decisions about their well-being, become more self-aware, confident and independent. It is essential that young people understand consent, online relationships, intimate relationships and sexual health; and the risks and complex contexts that go with these issues. Although teenage pregnancy has significantly decreased in the last decade, it is still a prevalent issue which needs to be addressed. Through a series of workshops and interviews with teenage parents from across Cheshire West and Chester, 2engage went on to create a piece of theatre which uses real stories to highlight the different options, paths and issues that surround teenage pregnancy

Synopsis:

The show follows the plight of two young mums as they come to terms with their pregnancy and break the news to those closest to them. Audiences witness the impact the situation has on their lives. From finance to family, and housing to haters, these two girls face the harsh reality of being a young parent.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Promote safety.
  2. Encourage respectful relationships and friendships.
  3. Inform about intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health.
  4. Capture the reaction of parents, grandparents, friends and fathers of the children to give a rounded perspective.
  5. Give an insight into the barriers young mums face.
  6. Show the impact on parents’ hopes and aspirations.

PSCHE Core themes that this programme covers:

Health and Well-being

  • Recognising personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, how affects self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Accepting and rejecting feedback
  • Understanding self-esteem can change due to circumstance
  • Managing growth and change as growing up
  • Contraception
  • STIs, including HIV/AIDS
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Advice and support services (including sexual health)

Relationships

  • Qualities and behaviours of positive and negative relationships
  • Strong feelings and emotions (sexual attraction)
  • Different types of relationships
  • Nature and importance of stable and long-term relationships for bringing up children
  • Roles and responsibilities of parents and children
  • Dealing with the breakdown of relationships
  • Considering levels of intimacy and consequences
  • Contraception
  • Unprotected sex, unintended pregnancy and teenage parenthood
  • Support services available
  • Effect of alcohol on choices and sexual behaviour
  • Assessing readiness for sex
  • Abortion
  • Peers supporting one another

Living in the Wider World

  • Recognising core values and how they influence choices
  • Different types of work and education- opportunities available

This programme will complement the following safeguarding objectives

(Department for Education Statutory Guidelines on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019):
  • Abuse (emotional)
  • Safeguarding issues
  • Contextual safeguarding

“Hard-hitting and entertaining, pitched at the right level and nice to see real stories being told. One of the safeguarding leads said it was “Honest, accurate and thought-provoking”. A massive thank you to you and the team again. Kids and staff alike were really positive about the performance”
Laura Jolley
Neston High Teacher

“2Engage have been delivering their 'Expecting More' interactive workshop for several years to students at Poynton High School. The actors are incredibly professional, knowledgeable and personable in their approach. They pitch the show at just the right level, staging real stories giving students food for thought and making them aware of issues surrounding teenage pregnancy and how it affects young people. The hot seating follow-up activity was a great opportunity for students to interact with the characters. I would highly recommend them for any teacher in charge of PSHCE/SRE delivery.”
Rachel Long
Director of Learning: Welfare Education

“The teenage pregnancy workshop was performed in the West Cheshire College Rotunda Ellesmere Port during a busy morning. The environment was a fantastic forum both for the people sitting in the café area and the people who observed the performance from around the rotunda of which there were many. The actors were extremely professional and adapted to the environment extremely well. Feedback from a variety of tutor groups indicated that the themes addressed provided an excellent platform for discussion following the play. We are looking forward to working with 2engage again at the Chester Campus.”
Steph Garrett
West Cheshire College

At A Glance

Age Group: Years 8 & 9
Key Stage: KS3 & 4
Duration: 55-60 mins
Group Size: 1-300
Resource Pack: Yes
Follow Up Workshop: Please contact for details
Key Themes: SEXUAL HEALTH, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS, SRE, RSE, UNPLANNED PREGNANCY, PHSE