Where it all began

Children have Options Imagination Challenge & Experience

Created & Developed by

Annette Jones - Student Welfare & Safeguarding Manager

An Overview

CHOICE (Children Have Options Imagination Challenge & Experience) is a project for young people aged between 9 to 11 years old.
The programme has gained recognition from OFSTED, Public Health England, The Centre for Excellence, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service, the Imaginative Minds magazine, the School Leadership magazine and has received a nomination for the Commonwealth Award.

The aim of the project is to promote career opportunities and aspirations at an early age and help increase school attendance by making positive choices and becoming a positive member of society.

Course Content

The key focus of the course is to identify the consequences of behavior, inspire learning and highlight career opportunities. There are 3 main sections to the programme totaling 18 of the 30 academic school weeks; this is further complimented by a wraparound of 12 other agencies.

The Police Explorers course is a six-week course looking at careers and aspirations in the Police Service as well as the consequences of criminal behaviour. The classroom-based sessions are focused on keeping safe, internet safety, stranger danger and hate crime. There are also sessions looking at careers and what the Police do on a day to day basis. The Magistrates Court and Custody Suite visit form a crucial section of the Police Explorer course allowing children to see exactly how the Criminal Justice System works.

The young Fire Fighters course is a six- week course which offers a compact structured package allowing children the opportunity to use the fire hoses, ladders, access the smoke house and become involved in engaging classroom debates. The course covers all aspects of fire safety including arson, car collisions and hoax calling. Children work hard together as a team during the six weeks they spend at the Fire Station in order to perform a fire drill and Passing out Parade. The course concludes with the Fire Service Commander handing out certificates of achievement to all pupils. Parents, partners and children enjoy the day and feel immensely proud.

The FABB course is a six-week course focusing on relaxation and anger management equipping children with techniques in order to manage challenging situations. It includes Indian Head Massage, Quantum Touch and Reiki. Children know how to use these techniques on others by the end of the course. Sessions in Diversity conclude the course where children understand that we are all the same but different. The course uses Indian culture to demonstrate the difference using, clothing, photographs, footage and food tasting.