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Home Office introduces new school lessons to help reduce knife crime.

The government has announced that new lessons to reduce knife crime will be delivered in schools before the start of the summer holidays.

Aimed at children aged between 11 and 16 years old, the hour-long lessons have been created in partnership with the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Association and developed based on feedback from teachers. Lesson plans have been sent to 20,000 PSHE teachers to further equip them to challenge myths and communicate to their pupils the realities of carrying a knife.

The lessons explore how role models can influence young people’s attitudes, decisions and behaviour in positive ways and signpost young people towards support services and the #knifefree website. They also include the true life case studies to help bring the consequences of knife crime to life.

Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability said:

“Early intervention is a key part of our Serious Violence Strategy and it’s vital that we give young people the tools and resilience to keep themselves safe over the summer holidays.”

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