‘Stand Up and Act Out’ free resource

‘Stand Up and Act Out’ – free

Get a taste for our drama-based RSE curriculum with free lessons taken directly from the full programme. Great for Anti-Bullying Week and beyond!

What is ‘Stand Up and Act Out’?

Written by experienced teachers, ‘Stand Up and Act Out’ is a drama-based, anti-bias curriculum that acts to prevent bullying by helping children to examine prejudice, celebrate difference and practise being Upstanders. Covering 100% of Relationships Education (mandatory in England from Sept. 2020), students participate in six hour-long lessons each year that develop the skills they need all year round.

Take a look at the full, paid for resource here:


What’s included in this free package?

  • Three lesson plans (one for years 1 & 2, one for years 3 & 4, and one for years 5 & 6) NB: Lessons last one hour
  • Short, comprehensive training videos for each drama game/activity (so that any teaching professional can deliver an outstanding drama lesson)
  • Original music and music video (you’ll sing ‘The School Anthem’ at the start and end of your lessons)
  • Monthly newsletter ‘Drama and Diversity News’ which shares tips, ideas and resources to help you celebrate diversity and prevent bullying (you can fo course unsubscribe at any time)
  • Access to a closed support group where you can ask questions and share experiences

Please note: this free resource is only available until midnight on 31st December 2021.

How do students learn?

Through drama, an inclusive learning tool. Drama encourages children to learn by ‘doing’ and is non-competitive so every child, be they confident, shy, or somewhere in between, has the chance to shine.

Research shows that peer intervention is the most effective way of changing behaviour, which is why students practise being Upstanders (and practise protecting their own safety and well-being) over and over. Practising in class gives students the confidence to stand up in real life and in this way, ‘Stand Up and Act Out’ acts as a preventative anti-bullying curriculum. Put simply, bullying is much less likely to happen when students are taught about diversity and much less likely to escalate if students know how to intervene.

What do students learn in the free lessons?

In each lesson, children sing, play a drama game, are introduced to a fictional character who is being teased or bullied because of their difference (or perceived difference), and take on the role of Upstanders.

Years 1 & 2 explore race

Years 3 & 4 explore gender

Years 5 & 6 explore physical differences*

*This lesson also looks at online bullying behaviour

In these lessons, students are taught a confront Intervention Phrase – these are phrases students practice saying to stand up for the fictional character in a respectful, confident, and calm manner. In the full curriculum, students are introduced to (and given chance to practise using) a range of both confront and comfort Intervention Phrases.

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