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Anti-knife crime lessons in England

Almost 50,000 personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) and KS3 to KS4 teachers have received anti-knife crime lesson plans. These challenge the myths and communicate the consequences of carrying a knife.

The bespoke hour-long lessons will support teachers and organisations working with 11 to 16 year olds. The aim is to educate about the impact carrying a knife could have on their future, and how they can develop strategies to resist peer influence.

#knifefree campaign

This is the latest part of the Home Office’s #knifefree campaign. It contributes to the government’s £40 million serious violence strategy to tackle the rise in serious violence. It is the start of an ongoing plan to engage with schools and youth organisations on knife crime.

Crime Minister, Victoria Atkins MP, said:

“The summer holidays can pose additional dangers to young people, which is why we are determined to do everything we can to keep them safe and give them tools and resilience they need to enjoy the summer break.

“We need everyone to work together to tackle the rise in serious violence and I thank every teacher who takes the time in their busy schedule to deliver these vital lessons to their students.”

Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP, said:

These lesson plans will help illustrate the real impact of knife crime on young people’s lives. It’s heartening to know schools up and down the country are taking advantage of them.

Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Councils could not confirm if local schools had received these lesson plans. A Marston Vale KS4 school did not respond when asked if it had used the lesson plans.

Bedfordshire Police School Liaison Team

Bedfordshire Police has been proactive in tackling knife crime in the county’s schools. Superintendent Juliette Everett said:

“Bedfordshire Police is dedicated to tackling knife crime in the county, following a national rise. As well as carrying out operational activity like days of action involving weapons sweeps and targeted patrols in hotspot areas, working with our young people to educate them about knife crime is a key part of our approach.

“We have a dedicated Schools Liaison Team who have built, and continue to build, fantastic relationships with Bedfordshire’s educational establishments who are very supportive of our work.”

This team regularly visit schools to speak about topics including, but not limited to, knife crime.

“Working with our young people and building their trust is key, and it’s important we educate them on the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.”

Bedfordshire Police has also developed knife crime toolkits for teachers to deliver lesson plans and signposting services to their pupils.

“As well as using Home Office resources, we have also worked closely with the sister of a victim who was killed after being stabbed.

“She has spoken powerfully in schools about the impact his death has had on her family and I hope our ongoing work will make young people think twice about carrying a knife.”

Anyone with any information about knife crime in their area is asked to report it by visiting the force’s online reporting centre.