The Tes reports that the lesson plans for key stage 3 and 4 pupils have been produced by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the PSHE Association and are backed by the Department for Education.
The materials are an extension of the government’s Run, Hide, Tell campaign and address the threat of terrorist attacks in crowded places.
They are based around a six minute film called Run, Hide, Tell – The Story Of Nur, Edih and Llet. The film follows the story of three young people reflecting on how they managed to survive an attack on a shopping centre.
The film deliberately avoids any images of an actual attack and does not have the sounds of people screaming, although shouts and gunfire can be heard. The perpetrators of the attack are never seen or discussed directly.
A separate lesson plan has been devised by St John Ambulance. Called TREAT, it aims to teach pupils life-saving first aid techniques to use if they need to help someone who has been stabbed or shot.
“These lessons will go way beyond the basic messaging we have delivered through previous public-facing campaigns,” said Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Lucy D’Orsi.
The teaching materials are available to download via the National Police Chiefs’ Council website.
Deputy assistant commissioner D’Orsi said: “Whilst we cannot make these lessons mandatory in schools, I would strongly urge education providers and youth organisations to consider delivering this life-saving information to the 11-to-16-year-olds in their care”.
She added: “We appreciate this can be a difficult subject to speak to young people about, but we’ve carefully designed everything to be age-appropriate and we know from our research that this is information that young people want to be equipped with”.
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