A easy-to-use lesson plan designed by the Sutton Life Centre for Year 8 students which focuses on knife crime awareness. The lesson plan includes role play activities, discussion opportunities and creating a poster which can be displayed in school noticeboards to about Knife Crime Prevention.Read More
A new briefing from the College of Policing which explores the research and statistics gathered about levels of knife crime. Topics explored include:
Understanding the causes of knife crime
General violence or weapon-related interventions with greatest potential to reduce crime
Specific knife crime interventions with limited crime reduction evidence
Enforcement interventions where evidence suggests careful use.
Ofsted has published findings from a research project into knife crime and safeguarding children and young people in education in London. Recommendations from the research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) include:
local community safety partnerships should involve schools in developing and implementing strategies to address serious youth violence
the Department for Education (DfE) should collect data about the managed moves of children between schools
safeguarding partners should involve schools in assessing and responding to local needs
schools should share full information with one another when children move between education settings
schools should consider how their personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) curriculum reflects local issues, including knife crime.
A thought-provoking article by John Poyton for Children & Young People Now which looks at recent knife crime statistics released by the ONS and asks what teachers can do to help reduce the number of knife crime offences committed by young people.Read More
This toolkit designed by the London Needs You Alive (LNYA) campaign has a wide range of resources, from lesson plans and useful contacts, to ideas for activities and competitions for schools, colleges and youth organisations to use to tackle the behaviours that can lead to a young person choosing to carry a knife, in order to help them feel empowered to make different decisions. These resources can be adapted for use across England.Read More
The free-to-download lessons – one for key stage 3 and one for key stage 4 – will inform young people of the consequences of carrying a knife and inspire them to pursue positive alternatives, using real life stories of young people’s experiences as a basis. Accompanying teacher guidance will help you plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum safely and effectively. Included PowerPoint slides for each key stage will help you to deliver engaging and effective lessons.Read More