The decipher assist programme is a peer-led intervention aimed at promoting smoke-free behaviours among children aged 12-13 years.
Year 8 academy students took part in a survey at the beginning of last term. The survey asked students who they thought were good leaders and role models within their year group. From the survey, the top 18% of students named were selected to attend a two-day decipher assist training course.
On the first day of training the students learnt all about the facts of smoking and how it can impact on your health, the environment, family and friends. They completed a number of games and activities to help them remember all the facts. Students took part in a ready-steady-cook task which showed some of the ingredients contained in a cigarette. The students were shocked to find out there were over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette and 69 of them can cause cancer related diseases. Well done to all students involved.