Romance Academy is a 10-session youth resource seeking to inspire healthy relationships. Attendance on the course will equip young people with the skills and confidence to make informed, positive choices about their relationships and sexual health.
In September 2005 the BBC showed a three part documentary called ‘No Sex Please We’re Teenagers’ which followed the lives and loves of the very first Romance Academy. Twelve teenagers from north London were challenged to give up sex for five months to discover more about themselves, their choices and their capacity for building safe and committed relationships. What started out as a one-off experiment quickly turned into a national project as young people and youth practitioners asked how they could get their own Romance Academy off the ground. The course is now part of Youthscape’s ‘Inspiring Healthy Relationships’ programme and you can see an overview of the 12 sessions here.
Romance Academy training
Attendance at one of our training days is essential before you use the Romance Academy material. The cost is £100 pp, or £75 pp for two or more attendees. This price includes access to our online Romance Academy course materials for the year. To see our latest training dates, click here.
Romance Academy resources
Our team of dedicated youth specialists work in depth in Luton directly with teenagers - not only for their benefit, but to develop approaches and programmes that others can use across the UK. As a result we create innovative youth work resources which are tried and tested in a local context, and which really work.
Some of the relationships-specific resources we’ve creative include #IsItOK? – a card-based game which helps 14-19s safely explore the issues around sexting – which was developed in consultation with the police, and our Romance Academy Playing Cards, which enable lively conversation around a range of sex and relationships issues. We also produce parents’ guides to tough subjects including talking about sex, and young people and pornography. To visit the dedicated relationships section of the Youthscape store, click here.
Romance Academy events
We run 'equipping days' and other training events throughout the year, all designed to help you engage with the complex area of young people and relationships. Our latest events are always listed in the events section of the Youthscape store, which you can find here.