Peer Pressure Workshop [Saying ‘No!’]

No matter how confident or independent a young person is, they will experience peer pressure at some point during their development, particularly as they approach secondary school age and beyond.

Part of healthy growing up involves reducing dependence on caregivers and making choices about which peer relationships we want to nurture and those we want to move away from.

Our Peer Pressure Workshops aims to help young people to understand and recognise the effects of peer pressure and to develop the skills to resist temptation. Teachers and parents should never underestimate the lure of acceptance and popularity in the evolving social world of older children and teenagers.

Peer pressure is not always a negative thing, but it is a powerful force and can lead to children behaving in ways they would never dream of when alone or with family members.

2020 Dreams Peer Pressure workshops help young people to understand the effects of peer pressure, to recognise when peer pressure is pushing them towards making bad choices and to develop the skills to resist temptation while maintaining dignity and self-respect.

Powerful Gang Workshop That Engaged Our Young People

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-09-10T20:39:28+00:00

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

The Gang Prevention/Awareness Was Very Good

I saw the talk in Gang Prevention/Awareness was very good. The speaker was excellent and the boys were fully engaged and I was amazed at the quality of their responses and their emotional intelligence. Overall it was a really successful day from my perspective and across the board the quality of the sessions I saw was good.

R, Thomson, Head of Lower School, Warwick School

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-11-22T19:02:12+00:00

R, Thomson, Head of Lower School, Warwick School

I saw the talk in Gang Prevention/Awareness was very good. The speaker was excellent and the boys were fully engaged and I was amazed at the quality of their responses and their emotional intelligence. Overall it was a really successful day from my perspective and across the board the quality of the sessions I saw was good.

The Gang Workshop Was Highly Informative and Engaging

The Gang prevention sessions delivered by 2020 Dreams were really well received. I had lots of really positive feedback from both pupils and supervising staff who felt the sessions had been both highly informative and engaging. The workshop leader was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was able to relate well to pupils and respond to their questions.

D, Godwin, Assistant Headteacher, The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-11-23T20:18:36+00:00

D, Godwin, Assistant Headteacher, The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington, London

The Gang prevention sessions delivered by 2020 Dreams were really well received. I had lots of really positive feedback from both pupils and supervising staff who felt the sessions had been both highly informative and engaging. The workshop leader was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was able to relate well to pupils and respond to their questions.

The Facilitator Was Extremely Professional and Informed

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:55:41+00:00

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

The Gang Prevention & SRE Was Beyond Amazing!

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-17T07:52:39+00:00

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

Gang Workshop Was Appropriately Shocking and Informative

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-20T19:16:35+00:00

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

Knife Crime Sessions Was Absolutely Brilliant!

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-21T18:11:36+00:00

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:49:10+00:00

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

The Drugs Awareness Workshops Were Brilliant!

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-18T14:42:48+00:00

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

Thank You for the Gang Prevention Workshop

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T10:00:02+00:00

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

Absolutely fantastic! Knife & Gang Prevention Training

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-17T07:39:32+00:00

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

Thanks for the Gang and Knife Crime Workshops

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:44:08+00:00

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

The Gang Prevention Workshop Was Excellent

Thanks for providing us with such a high quality workshop facilitator at short notice. The Gang Prevention workshop was excellent and well received by all of our students. His stories had our students hanging on his every word.  I am sure our students will remember his workshop for a long time in the future and hopefully it will make them think, if they ever find themselves in some of the situations he described in his talk.

N, Bailey. Assistant Head, Selston High School, Nottingham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-11-23T20:34:03+00:00

N, Bailey. Assistant Head, Selston High School, Nottingham

Thanks for providing us with such a high quality workshop facilitator at short notice. The Gang Prevention workshop was excellent and well received by all of our students. His stories had our students hanging on his every word.  I am sure our students will remember his workshop for a long time in the future and hopefully it will make them think, if they ever find themselves in some of the situations he described in his talk.

The Sessions Went Well!

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well.

The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-20T15:21:58+00:00

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well. The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

The Gang Workshop Was Brilliant!!

Thank you for the workshops.

The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future. 

S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-09-26T21:05:22+00:00

S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham

Thank you for the workshops. The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future. 
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2020 Dreams Peer Pressure workshops are run by seasoned facilitators with a proven ability to engage with children of all ages. Workshops will be carefully tailored to be appropriate to the age group of the young people attending and can be customised to focus on areas of particular concern in the local community.

Key Statistics*

  • In 2010, 76% of interviewed schoolchildren (aged 11-15) thought that young people drank alcohol mainly to ‘look cool.’
  • 27% of pupils admitted to having had smoked while 18% said they had taken drugs.

*From The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER): London, 2011.

The Role of Peer Pressure Workshops in the National Curriculum

Peer pressure workshops are ideally suited to the Citizenship element of the National Curriculum, as knowing when to say, ‘No!’ is a key skill young people need to master to “take their place in society as responsible citizens,”  – a key outcome for Citizenship education.

Peer pressure sometimes acts against society. It is often a major factor in criminal behaviour (e.g. shoplifting, vandalism and public disorder) and it can also lead to problems with drugs and alcohol which have a negative impact on the community.

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Another way in which peer pressure can lead to devastating consequences is when teenagers feel pressurised to drive at excessive speeds or while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Direct and Indirect Peer Pressure

2020 Dreams Peer Pressure workshops use role-play exercises to explore different forms of peer pressure in a supportive and fun environment. For example, students will be given examples of direct peer pressure, where a peer uses put downs, threats or reassurance to affect behaviour and also examples of indirect peer pressure, the force exerted by certain types of body language and facial expressions.

Another form of indirect or unspoken peer pressure is the drive to be similar to other young people by wearing similar clothes to them, buying the same brand of mobile phone or adopting a similar attitude.

By the end of a 2020 Dreams Peer Pressure workshop, the young people involved will have broadened their ideas about what peer pressure is and learned powerful skills for resisting its influence.

The Power of Communication

Making wise decisions while under the influence of peer pressure is all about effective communication. There are many different ways of saying, No!’ and the best examples will leave the young person with their dignity intact. The more success children and teenagers have in resisting unwanted peer pressure, the more confident and sure of their own identity they will become.

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2020 Dreams Peer Pressure workshops support role-play activities with open forum discussions and provide time for questions and answers. This gives young people the chance to express their feelings about peer pressure, to talk about their personal experiences and to become comfortable with the skills they have been practising.

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