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Crime - Key Stage 3&4

Resources, guidelines and articles

The justice system of England and Wales

Getting Court - a resource produced by the Health and Wellbeing team in association with the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. A lesson pack to educate about the workings of the Crown Court in England and Wales. The pack includes details of how to get involved with the Crown Court visits through the scheme.

The Sexualisation of Young People - an article by an eminent psychologist, Linda Papadopoulos

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales who promote greater consistent sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and aims to increase public understanding of sentencing.

Cifas - Anti Fraud Education Lesson Plans

Anti-Fraud Education by Cifas’ is a set of four free lesson plans for secondary schools that focus on awareness of fraud, common scams, identity theft and money mules.

Cifas is the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, helping to protect individuals and organisations from fraud and financial crime. They have identified an increasing number of young people affected by fraud, either being targeted by online fraudsters or unwittingly engaging in fraudulent acts themselves.


Fearless from Knife Crime 

The ‘Fearless from Knife Crime’ session was created following the 28% increase in the possession of weapons within Gloucestershire for 2015. The project was aimed at addressing the problem of knife crime in the medium and long term in Gloucestershire by engaging, informing and educating young people in Year 8 (12-13 year olds) about the risks and consequences of knife crime activities whilst promoting local services available to them (including the anonymous reporting service available on 

Fearless increases the impact of the sessions for young people by including real life stories that young people can relate to and see first-hand the consequences that their actions could have from the mentors resulting in life changing sessions.

Fearless from knife crime stats for schools  


#Knifefree lesson plans

Using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion, our PSHE education lesson plans set out to help challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife. We wanted to remind those who haven’t yet used the materials that they can be downloaded (free) from our site, and encourage anyone who has used them to complete a quick survey.   Have you used the #knifefree lesson plans? If so, we and the Home Office would really welcome your feedback. Their short feedback survey will help to establish how and where the materials have been used, and how to develop and build on the #knifefree activities in schools.

If you’ve not yet used the materials then a reminder that these free lessons — one for key stage 3 and one for key stage 4 — are designed to 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.   Well-planned and delivered PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as the subject develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts such as risk, identity and power, and skills relating to decision making and managing peer influence. These lessons are therefore best suited for delivery alongside topics exploring personal safety or gang crime.

The lessons aim to help students to:

  • Recognise and evaluate the risks of carrying a knife
  • Challenge common misconceptions about knife crime
  • Develop strategies to manage peer influence to carry a knife

Explore how young people can choose to live knife-free and achieve their potential PSHE Association Subject Specialist Jenny Fox says: “The #knifefree PSHE lessons are designed to challenge inaccurate perceptions about knife crime and help young people develop the confidence to resist pressure to carry knives. The lessons take an interactive approach using young people’s real life stories. Accompanying guidance will support teachers to introduce this topic using safe and effective practice. We encourage PSHE professionals and other staff to use these lessons to raise awareness of this important issue.”

Useful websites

Fearless - The importance of using your voice to report crime

Disrespect NoBody - Information about abuse, consent and more

Knifecrimes - an entire website devoted to knife crime in the UK

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