Sixth-form teams up with local charity to deliver lessons on self-esteem

 A sixth-form college has teamed up with a local charity to deliver lessons on self-esteem.

City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth-Form College partnered with the domestic abuse and social inclusion charity Arch to run its ‘Girl Power’ programme, which covered topics such as consent, life goals, self-confidence and relationships, for female students aged 16 to 19.

Seven students took part in the programme, identified by the college as those who would most benefit from the weekly two-hour sessions.

Following the programme’s success, the charity has received funding to run another round of sessions with the college, and will look to expand the programme across the city over time.

“We were aware that the age of our students makes them statistically more likely to experience abusive relationships. To maximise the college’s support network we reached out to Arch whose work in the area is highly regarded,” said Camilla Jameson, learning support assistant at the college. “The young women who participated have drastically improved their self-confidence and resilience, which is great to see.”