Using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion, the PSHE Association has produced lesson plans for KS3 & 4 that set out to help challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife. They can be downloaded (free) from the PSHE Association site, and they would encourage anyone who has used them to complete a quick survey.
Have you used the #knifefree lesson plans?
If so, the PSHE Association 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.
Complete the #knifefree survey
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.
Download #knifefree lesson plans
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