Figures reveal record number of children caught taking knives to school after sharp rise

The Mirror is reporting that the number of pupils caught by police taking a knife into school has hit a record high.

The number of people reported for taking a blade onto school property shot up by 74% last year.

Ministry of Justice figures reveal there were 206 offences last year compared to 118 the year before. 

Of those caught last year, 102 were let off with a caution while 104 were prosecuted…

Christopher McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “These figures are probably the tip of an iceberg and we ignore them at our peril.

“Even when weapons are discovered schools are reluctant to involve the police and so many incidents go unreported…”

More at: Worrying figures reveal record number of kids are taking knives to school after sharp rise


I can’t find the original source for this data from the MOJ – please let me know if you have a link – but I doubt the claims come as a surprise to anyone – there has certainly been a big upswing in the number of knife incidents at school being reported in the media this year.

How big a problem do you think this is and what can or should be done to try and tackle it?


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  1. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove int to know if people think it’s actually incidents going up or more reporting? Some schls hv needed metal detectors fr yrs

  2. spawneedave

    Nor_edu SchoolsImprove Metal detectors have very little evidence base behind them when if comes to effectiveness (glass and plastic just replace metal as weapons). Better to have an effective Behavioural Intervention Team style approach.

  3. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove Since reality of children deviates from the sentimental Platonic ideal, it has to be carefully hidden. #GreatEducationHoax

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