Educational DVDs Launched to Help Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour & Obesity in Schools

Dec. 12, 2006 – 12 December, 2006 – A pioneering series of DVDs has been launched for UK schools as part of the Government Every Child Matters initiative, to improve student safety and reduce the problems of anti-social behaviour and obesity in schools.

Leading police, educationalists and community groups have shared valuable knowledge and expertise to develop the educational DVDs, as part of the Through Younger Eyes (TYE) project led by Beighton Villages Development Trust and education software specialists Vantage Technologies.

With reports showing British teenagers among the most badly behaved in Europe, the ASBO Update pack will play a key role in tackling the problem of anti-social behaviour, encouraging students to behave in a positive and law-abiding way and working to make them aware of the impact of anti-social behaviour on individuals and the community.

Tony Green Executive Officer for Beighton Villages Development Trust said, “We’re dedicated to giving pupils the best possible start and to tackling growing problems such as obesity with innovative and interactive games highlighting the effects of unhealthy eating habits, the importance of healthy food choices and exercise, and the consequences linked to bad lifestyle choices.

“The DVDs and accompanying resource packs provide an invaluable framework for teachers and other ‘0-19 Agenda’ practicioners by helping them to provide guidance and support to pupils through their social development.”
Part-funded by the European Union, the DVDs and resource packs use role-play and real-life scenarios to help pupils understand the consequences of a series of threats from road safety to Internet risks.

Vantage Technologies’ involvement in the Through Younger Eyes project supports their pioneering national initiative to tackle and eliminate bullying in schools with their Sentinel Anti-Bullying software solution. Over 10% of Local Authorities have joined the pilot which allows teachers and pupils to confidentially report any instances of bullying, and enables staff and local authorities to deal with incidents in real-time and develop more effective, anti-bullying strategies.

The Through Your Eyes series is scheduled for release in December 2006. For further information please contact Vantage Technologies on 0114 2479 500 or sales@vantage-technologies.co.uk.

Beighton Villages Development Trust
Throughout the period 2002 to 2008, Beighton Villages Development Trust are delivering a series of economically based projects designed to create new businesses and jobs in the former coalfield communities of Beighton and Sothall. BVDT receives project funding from the European Regional Development Fund through Objective 1, and from the Regional Development Agency of Yorkshire Forward.

Objective 1 Programme
Launched in 2000, the Objective 1 Programme for South Yorkshire is a £1.8 billion investment programme that draws on over £700 million from the European Union Structural Funds, and is provided to assist the economic regeneration of Europe’s poorest regions through the targeted creation of new businesses and jobs.

To date the Programme has committed over £417 million of European Structural Funds to some 400 projects within South Yorkshire, of which £80 million is supporting many of South Yorkshire’s deprived communities to help themselves through ‘Local Action Plans’ or for former coalfield communities, ‘Integrated Development Plans’. .
Yorkshire Forward
Yorkshire Forward is the UK Government Regional Development Agency which through its Regional Development Strategy for Yorkshire & Humberside provides support and funding for targeted areas.

Vantage Technologies Limited
Vantage Technologies Limited is an IT services and solutions company, founded in 1988, specialising in the delivery of innovative software solutions for the improvement of working practice. Vantage is active in a variety of market sectors including local authorities, healthcare, police and professional institutions. Its product portfolio of web-based solutions includes risk management, professional development and e-learning. For further information visit: www.vantage-technologies.co.uk

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