The Reward Foundation teaching

School Services

The Reward Foundation is a pioneering educational charity that uses the latest neuroscience and social science research along with experience of the criminal law and practical teaching experience in sex education to deliver a range of school services to both secondary and primary schools. We can help build resilience in your pupils through knowledge against internet addictions and help parents collaborate with the school to prove a unified support system for their children.

Our interactive lessons for pupils from age 11 to 18 years as part of the school curriculum in Personal, Social, Health & Economic or Sex & Relationship Education and complements the new Relationship, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) agenda.

Our Approach

Our approach is to educate pupils to help them make informed choices in order to navigate the online sexual environment more safely. By being aware of the health, legal and relationship impacts of internet pornography in websites and social media, they can reduce the risk of  becoming snared by compulsive use or find help if they do, and build confidence in their own identity and self worth.

We also empower parents to engage effectively with their children at home with advice on how to have those difficult conversations on this sensitive topic. To this end we use our own interviews with medical and legal experts and recovering users to put the academic research into context. We signpost tools and support for parents, teachers and young people. The materials are suitable for faith-based schools too.

The Reward Foundation is currently conducting a pilot project in a number of Scottish and Irish state schools that provides 2 lessons each for P7, S2/3 and S5/6. With input from an experienced sex education teacher we are making the lesson plans suitable for teacher-led or pupil-led lessons. No pornography is shown.

The lessons focus on how the evolving adolescent brain learns and develops. Teachers can adapt the lessons  based on their experience of pupils’ needs and capabilities. The pilot project will run till end March 2019. On completion and after evaluation with input from teachers, pupils and parents, we plan to make the lessons available to schools for a small fee. Our charity does not currently receive any government funding.

In the meantime, The Reward Foundation offers a variety of interactive session for schools delivered by us to a whole year group as a lecture or in small group workshops and discussions tailored appropriately to fit the age group. They last 50-60 minutes. Again, no pornography is shown. We work with both single and mixed gender groups according to school’s preference. Materials are diversity-friendly.

  1. S2/3: Sexting: the health and legal issues 
  • How the adolescent brain learns
  • Why the adolescent brain is vulnerable to overstimulation from bingeing on porn
  • Legal case studies about adolescents charged with sexting offences
  • Video interviews with young porn addicts who have recovered
  • How to build resilience and where to get help
  1. S5/6: Porn on Trial; mental and physical impacts of bingeing on internet pornography
  • Pupils assess a range of evidence to decide if pornography is addictive or not
  • Effects on attainment; productivity and relationships
  • Critiquing the influence of the pornography industry as part of the ‘attention economy’
  1. Sex and the media:  learning how to critique advertising; music videos; the porn industry; how to value myself
  2. 24-Hour Digital Detox in 2 sessions c.7 days apart: The exercise covers all internet use.
  • Part 1 includes initial discussion about research on “persuasive design”, on instant gratification and self-control; tips on doing the detox
  • Part 2, debrief on what they experienced from trying this 24-hour detox during the intervening week
  • See news stories about digital detoxes/screen fasts with S4 and S6 pupils at Edinburgh school.
  1. Awareness about Potential Harms from Internet Pornography (P7 only):
  • My Fantastic, Plastic Brain: understand the job of the old and new brain (wanting and thinking)
  • Recognize how the brain responds to the environment and learns habits
  • Understand how online sexual imagery can upset my thoughts; what to do if I see videos and pictures that upset me?
  1. 24-Hour Digital Detox in 2 sessions c.7 days apart: The exercise covers all internet use.
  • Part 1 includes initial discussion about how the internet can stop us wanting to connect with others and rob us of our sleep; tips on doing the detox
  • Part 2  discussion about what they experienced trying this 24-hour detox during the intervening week
  • Talk to parents about latest evidence around harms and strategies for dealing with potential problems. This helps break the ice for discussions at home
  • Strategies, in cooperation with school, to help children build resilience to harms associated with internet pornography in particular
  • Signpost useful resources, many of them free, to help parents understand the wide range of issues involved

Please contact us for a free written quotation. The Reward Foundation can also provide custom-designed lessons to meet your needs. 

Prices are VAT free and will include all travel within the central belt of Scotland and materials.

The Reward Foundation does not offer therapy.

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