Real For Me

Real for Me is a Key Stage 4 teaching resource that supports schools to deliver the new RSE curriculum. This drama project presents actors filmed speaking the verbatim words of young people, teaching resources to develop the themes of relationships, social media and consent.

The verbatim words of young people came from a series of drama workshops Ava Hunt Theatre delivered, funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, commissioned by Derbyshire Education Improvement Services.  

The drama workshops were researched and co-created with young people exploring boundaries within relationships, consent and the influence of abuse accessible through on-line pornography.  In this context where do young people learn how to keep themselves safe from exploitation and victims of crime?  Using verbatim material this dramatic work created an exciting workshop that was delivered to over 300 young people in schools throughout Derby City and the county.  University of Derby theatre students delivered and captured responses from young people which will contribute to widely scholarly research in the Drama in Education field. 

Feedback from young people 

“It makes me feel like I do have a choice and I can say ‘no'”

“It has empowered me to think  more about how I feel and what I’m comfortable to do”

“makes you be in their shoes and show how they are feeling inside”

“How we need to discuss this subject more”

Feedback from teachers

“pupils became fully immersed in the drama” 

“really effective way to deliver education about sex and relationships”


  • Winner of the NHS Promoting Healthy Lifestyles – Diversity and Patients’ Choice Award Winner:  “Quality of the drama work was dynamic!”
  • National Award for Good Practice – Amber Valley Health Authority & Ava Hunt won Pamela Sheridan Award for SRE Project in Primary Schools

New Free Resource

Real for Me has been developed in consultation with teachers, young people and Derbyshire County Council Improvement Services.  This package would have been live theatre experience, but, due to COVID restrictions, has been transformed into this FREE teaching resource launched on Relationships & Sex Education Day 24th June 2021

The resource will consist of: 

  • a link to the footage  
  • a teaching pack with lesson plans, drama exercises and discussion points that lead directly from young people’s voices  

If you would like a copy of this resource, please contact: to order your resource. 

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