Nearly 50,000 personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) and key stage 3 and 4 teachers in England have been provided with lesson plans designed to steer pupils away from knife crime ahead of the summer holidays. AOL reports.
The hour-long lessons aim to educate 11 to 16-year-olds about the dangers of social media, the potential impact of carrying a blade and possible strategies to resist peer pressure.
Last year, forces in England and Wales recorded 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument – a 22% increase compared with the previous 12 months.
The issue will fall under the spotlight again on Thursday when the latest official crime statistics are released.
On Tuesday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will chair the latest meeting of the newly established serious violence taskforce, which will focus on early intervention and methods for stopping young people being drawn into crime.
Crime Minister Victoria Atkins 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 the tools and resilience they need to enjoy the summer break.”
The Home Office materials, which were first circulated last Monday, include a four-page guidance note.
It states that the lessons have been designed to help reduce knife crime by equipping teachers to “challenge the myths and communicate the realities” of carrying a knife among 10 to 21-year-olds.
The document says: “In line with best practice, the lessons and resources have been carefully designed to minimise feelings of fear, shock or guilt while learning about this potentially sensitive topic.”
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