Resources for Teachers: Addressing Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders are an important topic for teachers to touch upon with their PSHE classes, particularly as so many people with EDs first experience them in their adolescence. As teachers, we are well placed to educate our pupils about EDs, as well as empower young people to open up about their own struggles with EDs and seek help.
One resource that has become particularly popular has been the Cassie and Corey podcast series, which has been released in conjunction with PSHE lesson plans to look at the podcast in more detail in relation to teaching pupils about EDs.
The Podcast was funded by ACE (Arts Council England) in response to the unprecedented mental health crisis among teens and young adults. BBC award-winner Christopher Hogg collaborated with south London all-girl drum’n’bass crew Girls Take Action (GTA) to create an utterly original piece of new writing for smartphones.
It’s the night before his gastric-band operation and Corey is terrified. He’s 16 years old, weighs 300 pounds and has a BMI of 60*. However, if Corey doesn’t have the operation, his hypertension will literally make him blind. None of this stops him from stealing, in the dead of night, an electric motor-scooter from the hospital. He picks up his best friend Cassie, a recovering anorexic. Like Corey, Cassie has found solace in the jungle beats and liquid rhythms of D’n’B and they toast together all. the. time. Thing is, Corey has a plan. 8 miles away is the Brit School and the next morning, they’re holding auditions. Corey and Cassie are going to apply, get in – and change their lives forever.
What happens next is a musical journey through the night and the streets of south London. A night where they kidnap a Metro Express security guard, destroy an anti-teenage loitering device, have a mystical experience in an allotment and finally understand the true meaning
of food. Will they get in to the Brit school and get to live their dreams? You’ll have to follow them to find out.
To download the PSHE project resources, see here for KS3: Cassie+&+Corey+KS3+Lesson+Plan
And here for KS4: Cassie+&+Corey+KS4+Lesson+Plan