Testimonials: Teachers

Clyst Vale Community College: Helene Chandler, Subject Lead in Health and Social Care

“Having Five Lives visit Clyst Vale was an invaluable experience for our students. Listening to real people talk about real stories really helped students think outside the box about substance misuse, alcohol and self-harm. I would highly recommend.”

Clyst Vale Community College: Nicola Bennett C42 Coordinator 

“There is no better way of educating children than through talking to people who have lived through the experience they are trying to avoid. This is a real opportunity for students to learn in a really inspiring way. I would recommend Five Lives to any other school.”

Clyst Vale Community College: Allen Bailey, Associate Principal 

“This is one of the best things we do. We believe in educating the whole person. Nothing does that better than the compelling testimony of other human beings.”

Sidmouth College:Lisa Whitworth, Assistant Vice Principal

“These workshops are an incredible way to affect change in the next generation.”

The King’s School: Jo Elliott, Head of PSHE

“Living in the 21st century requires you to teach students about the real world and the Five Lives project is challenging, moving and a fantastic educational resource. Our students still refer to the workshops and visitors months after the visit. A truly memorable experience.”

Clyst Vale Community College: Lela Rogers, Skills Room Manager

“Having the group of speakers come in and talk to the students in the school was an absolute privilege. Not only did they all allow us a glimpse into their lives but their honesty and words of wisdom were invaluable in bringing a stark message across. Not only did it educate the students by providing a harsh reality of a life that any one of us could quite easily fall into, but it was extremely insightful in informing students of the help and support that is available. The mix of stories from the speakers enabled a broad range of areas to be covered from self harm to drug and alcoholism and hit cords with many of the students who may be facing some of the issues in their lives. It also enabled students to ask questions they may not ask their parents or teachers and to have a real sense of truth and honesty in the answers, therefore really listening and taking in what is being said. This is the first time that I have been involved in something as dynamic as this and would highly recommend it. I learnt a great deal from the speakers (I thought that I was quite informed already) and it will be something that will stick with me for a very long time. A very thought provoking and brilliant exercise.”

Isca Academy: Karen Lambert, Head of Drama

“It’s amazing, since your visit how much more confident the students are in themselves and their performances. I have always been very proud of them but I really feel that they are now also proud of themselves. It was a real moment of positive change for them meeting you, and I hope that we will be able to work together again at some time. I think what you are doing is truly vital and if you manage to keep even one child from making the wrong decision and hurting themselves then what a fantastic job you will have done. It was lovely to meet you all and I hope the students’ performance helped everyone remember how vulnerable their younger selves were and how important the Five Lives project is for the future generation.”

Devon Young People’s Accommodation Service: Marion Shaw, Manager

“Ali and Ben were brilliant!! Thank you so much for your session with our carers and staff. Your stories touched all of us and made us see where we can help prevent our young people sliding into harmful behaviours. The feedback from everyone is excellent. We definitely want to roll this out to our young people and will get together with you soon to plan how to do this.”

Devon Young People’s Accommodation Service: Helen Platten, Service Support Assistant

“Thank you all for delivering such a powerful and moving workshop. You really are looking for the positive in impossibly difficult and upsetting former circumstances, and to use this to make a difference to the lives of young people is truly inspirational and immensely courageous.”

Devon Young People’s Accommodation Service: Craig Davies, Community Care Worker

“I thought that the guys we listened to on 3rd March were amazing and I sat with my mouth open for most of the time listening to their stories. It was really good to listen to people who’ve been through self-harm and drugs issues and come out the other end. It was lovely to listen to them talk about how they want to help and support young people and give them real insight into the problems that drugs and self-harm can bring. One of the carers I talked to said that she thought young people were more likely to listen to people who’ve been through similar things to the young people dealing with those  issues.”

Colyton Grammar School: Amelia Robinson, Head of Student Personal Learning

“I can honestly say that the response from the students and the supervising teachers has been the most positive response I have ever had regarding a PSHE session. Thank you so much for providing this excellent service to schools.”

Blundell’s School: Annabel Taylor-Ross, Head of PSHE

“Being able to talk directly to eloquent people like John and Ali about the challenges they faced makes the most powerful impact on our students. They will not forget their stories or their bravery.”

St James School: Steffi Morby, Lead Teacher in Health and Social Care

“Ali and John’s talks were both honest, raw and thought provoking, giving students a rare opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how addiction can affect people, and what support is in place for them. It is hard to describe the vast impact this had on our students, but from discussions following their talk, it’s clear to me that they now have more empathy and understanding of how addiction can affect people and their communities. I would highly recommend Five Lives to Health and Social Care teachers who are using the new Pearson’s Tech Award specification. I was struggling to find case studies for component 1, Learning aim B, How Individuals Cope with Life Events, but using Five Lives was truly motivational for my students.”