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Boys’ Course: “Man up!”

Week 1. Introduction & Welcome to the group. Groundrules/Agreement. What do girls/boys talk about?
Week 2. Famous men in history. Male Role Models – positive and negative. Men I Admire.
Week 3. What makes me, me?
Week 4. What makes you, you? Assumptions/ Discrimination.
Week 5. Sex & Relationships pt 1.
Week 6. Sex & Relationships pt 2.
Week 7. Dealing with Anger
Week 8. Young men and the Law
Week 9. Taking risks
Week 10. Conclusions

Man Up! Is a course designed to work with groups of boys in schools, aged 10 to 17, looking at some of the many issues around what it means to be a man. The group provides a safe space for boys to share their views and ideas around masculinity, and how it impacts on them, their families, friends and wider community.

The course is delivered using a variety of learning techniques – individual/ group exercises, discussions, games, media. The Facilitator’s role is not to tell the boys what to do, but to give information that will enable them to make more informed decisions. There are, however, times when there is a need for him to challenge some views, in a non-threatening, non-aggressive way. The course is also intended to build confidence and self-esteem – outcomes which can be difficult to measure over 10 weeks, although we do hope to see an improvement in the pupils’ attitude and behaviours.

Due to the nature of the work, there is a strong emphasis on Safeguarding – ensuring young people are able to keep themselves safe. Anti-discriminatory Practice is also at the core of the work, in that all groups are treated with respect, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, age, faith etc. – and the young people sign up to working in this way.

At the beginning of the course, the boys can seem slightly bewildered as to what the group is about. Are they in trouble? Why have they been chosen for the course? By the end of course evaluation, all the boys have fed back that they have enjoyed the group and the opportunity they have had to take part. Best feedback comment so far – “…the group teaches you how to be a man!”

I’ve learnt a lot and I think I respect many different views on controversial topics a lot more. I am impressed and glad I took part.


A Secondary School, Bristol

Hope’s Place has provided great support to some of our more vulnerable students.  This provision fits well with our Pupil Premium funding and has importantly raised the self-esteem of all the young people involved


An Academy, Bristol

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