"I will treat people differently, not blame people for my mistakes, be a better man, treat women with respect and treat them the way they want to be treated. It really helped me, I felt I changed a lot and I’m going to show I’m a different person because of it"

Year 9 Boy MHS
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BIGGA Project

The BIGGA course and one to one coaching project works exclusively with boys.

The contents of this course are a result of a series of conversations with boys and men around what they felt were some of the key things that adolescent boys want to learn, or could learn before they begin their journey into manhood, i.e. as they became BIGGA not just physically but emotionally and mentally. It was felt that the transition lines between boyhood and manhood in our modern western culture are far less defined these days, than they were in the past. With an increasing absence of positive male role models in our societies the question was “How can we as educators try and help some of these  boys?” and then the next question was “What would we as boys and men want them to learn, that will help them to be better role models and men?”

Obviously, we could have spent thousands of hours on drilling down into those questions. We wanted a course, that was simple to deliver, targeting year 9 and 10 school boys. For us these were the year groups that were going through significant changes in their worldview, forming attitudes and opinions that could be the foundations for functioning in most aspects of their lives until they reach their twenties.

What did we want these boys to learn?

- How to respect others

- How to treat women,

- How to operate at their best,

- How to be role models etc.

We hope you agree

The course includes a one full day activity programme/challenge within which the boys have the concepts taught reaffirmed. We do hope the course will prove useful for any groups of boys that you are considering running the course for.

Some of the inspirational quotes received as a result of the pilot

"We have seen a calmer approach to some situations"

SENCO/Nurture

"We have seen a higher level of reflection on their behaviours"

SENCO/Nurture

"This has been the best part of year 9"

Year 9 Pupil

"I will be positive and helpful, seek to understand women and girls better, be more kind, respectful and thoughtful about girls in my life"

Year 9 FHS

"This is the most positive call I’ve had from the school about my son, who has been involved in problem after problem"

Parent

"The BIGGA programme has provided pupils with additional support to think about developing their individual skills and how to work as a team in a respectful manner. The course allowed pupils the opportunity to think about their future. The course allowed pupils the opportunity to think about maturity and how to develop into young men"

Head Of Year 9, Fitzalan High School (2015)

"I think the course has really helped the boys think about how their actions impact on each other"

Head of Behaviour, St Teilos High School

"I’ve learnt how to be a better man, to treat women with respect and calm down"

Yr 9 Pupil St Teilos.

Get the BIGGA program now!

YOU CAN PURCHASE THE BIGGA RESOURCE TO DELIVER THE PROGRAMME IN YOUR SCHOOL

This project has received significant support from Cardiff County Council and Cardiff Against Bullying.

Get in touch, now, to discuss how Elevate can help your boys.