Stolen Lives is a learning resource featuring an illustrated comic book. It builds upon extensive research into the use of visual content and mental exploration to aid learning as well as employing the principles of transformative learning techniques.
The programme was commissioned in response to an increasing awareness of the challenges that young people face during the transition from primary to secondary school and the huge impact that inadequate preparation can have on their lives. It is design brought together a range of partners including local authorities, health and police services.
Ultimately the programme aims to increase resilience among primary school pupils by helping them to understand and develop strategies for better-informed choices when faced with negative pressures from their peer group.
Following a successful pilot in one area of the UK there are now plans to broaden the range of content and themes included in the programme. During that pilot 80% of the pupils who took part rated the materials as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.