Educational Buddy Program
Ditto’s Deputies is Bravehearts new buddy program for Years 4 – 6, created in response to consistent feedback from schools following Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show, seeking an equally effective program for older students.
Currently being piloted in Australian schools, Ditto’s Deputies is aligned to the Australian ‘Physical & Health Education’ National Curriculum and the General Capabilities ‘Personal & Social’ Continuum.
The program builds on and reinforces key messages from the Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show, including Ditto’s three rules:
- We all have the right to feel safe with people!
- It’s ok to say no if you feel unsafe or unsure.
- Nothing is so yucky that you can’t tell someone about it.
These three rules underpin the program and help to support the five key areas of the show that break down into the following five key learning objectives:
- Differentiation between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings.
- Recognition of ‘warning signs’.
- Identification of ‘private parts’ and body ownership.
- Identification of language and feelings associated with secrets.
- Action children should take if they feel unsafe or unsure.
How does Ditto’s Deputies work?
Ditto’s Deputies involves Years 4 -6 students (these are ‘Ditto’s Deputies’) buddying up with their Prep and Year 1 peers (the ‘Cubs’).
This will vary for each school depending on the number of classes participating. Ideally, the younger students that participated in Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show would be assigned an older student to work with to follow up key messages and continue learning.
Not only are cubs continuing with vital personal safety education, they also establish and receive the positive benefits of a peer relationship with their Deputy, while the Deputies practice leadership skills and at the same time their understanding of personal safety is strengthened and consolidated through teaching of the skills and concepts to their cubs.
How is the Ditto’s Deputies program facilitated?
Ditto’s Deputies program is presented over seven consecutive weeks and consists of:
- 1 induction lesson (delivered by the Deputy classroom teacher)
- 5 peer lessons (including a 10 minute teacher introduction, 15 minute peer lesson and 10 minute teacher summary/debrief).
- A pre-assessment and summative assessment for the Cubs to evaluate their learning.
- A creative arts project for both Deputies and Cubs.
- A presentation/assembly at the conclusion of the program to celebrate the students’ involvement and success and include the parent community.
It is our vision that Ditto’s Deputies becomes a program that is adopted as a whole of school/community approach that ultimately contributes to and enhances the development of an overall positive, safe and supportive school culture.
To find our more about the program you can call us on 07-5552 3000 and ask to speak with one of our Education Team members, or alternatively complete the Expression of Interest form below.