Coram Life Education
Coram Life Education (CLE) is the largest national provider of support to children's personal, social, health and economic education in schools.
CLE programmes reach almost half a million children every year, and are delivered in 2,004 schools which represents 1 in 12 of the English and Scottish primary school sector. As well as helping children make positive choices, teachers say that attending the sessions helps them feel more confident about delivering PSHE activities to children themselves. All our programmes are comprehensively aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements.
CLE has been helping children to make positive choices for more than 25 years. In April 2017, Coram was delighted to welcome Tomorrow's Achievers, a programme of workshops for gifted children that recognises the issues they face.
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How CLE works
The positive impact of
their work within our school
is invaluable to staff and
pupils alike. - PSHE Lead,
West Midlands school
Specially trained CLE educators visit schools in a mobile classroom to help children keep themselves healthy and safe. The learnings are central to PSHE education and children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development. Our mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe helps deliver messages in a child-friendly way.
Parents, carers and teachers
Because of the critical role parents, carers and teachers play in protecting children from risky situations, we also work with teachers, parents, carers and local communities, offering support and advice on subjects that can be difficult to address. Some of our resources include:
- SCARF: developed by teachers and centred on the ‘growth mindset’ approach, SCARF supports primary schools in promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. Mapped to the PSHE programmes of study, it can either be used as a lesson-a-week programme, or tailored to fit your requirements. Our unique online planning and assessment tools ensure that busy teachers can quickly build a programme to match pupils' needs. SCARF makes life easier for teachers by providing all the building blocks needed to deliver a planned, progressive PSHE and Wellbeing programme throughout the primary years. Because SCARF is online, it's regularly updated so that it continues to meet your needs.
- The Adoptables' Schools Toolkit: an educational resource, which has been accredited by the PSHE Association, that enables your students to understand the issues facing adopted children at school. It also increases staff awareness of behavioural issues that can affect young people from the care system. The Adoptables Schools’ Toolkit was developed with adopted young people and is available for teachers to use free of charge.
- bCyberwise: a set of online safety resources for eight to 11 year olds covering the National Curriculum Computing requirements relating to Internet safety, and promoting positive cyber citizenship.
Captain Coram teaching module: the Captain Coram Citizenship resource consists of six carefully planned sessions with beautiful source materials that take children on an journey through children’s rights from Coram's early days of receiving a Royal Charter in 1739 to the work of Coram today. It has been designed to link with Key Stage 2 National Curriculum subjects History, Art and English as well as PSHE & Citizenship education and SMSC requirements of Ofsted.
Relationships Education: our Relationships Education (as part of Relationships and Sex Education) promotes emotional wellbeing. Delivered as part of PSHE or Science, this programme incorporates puberty lessons and helps schools meet their SMSC development, safeguarding, and emotional wellbeing requirements. When we researched schools’ readiness for statutory ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ from 2019, more than a third of headteachers told us they need additional support to teach the subject, and that the topic is most effective when delivered as part of a broader PSHE curriculum. We have designed new Relationships Education resources in response to this need. Building on the foundations of our online SCARF programme, the resources combine the themes of keeping safe, relationships and growing and changing, meeting schools SMSC, safeguarding and emotional wellbeing requirements.