Knife Crime Workshops for Schools

Interactive Knife Crime Workshops to equip your students with skills and strategies to stay safe.

Knife Crime Workshops

Over the last 10 years there has been an 81% increase in police recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument.

Furthermore, young people and teenagers are now twice as likely to be a victim of knife crime than they were 10 years ago.*

What can be done to stop knife crime and keep young people safe?

To support young people and schools with this challenge, OpenView Education provides interactive Knife Crime Awareness Workshops.

We have age appropriate workshops for Upper KS2 and KS3 Students, enabling schools to tackle this challenging topic in an interactive, engaging way, specifically designed for the age of your students.

Your students will learn:

  • Strategies and tactics to manage peer pressure and difficult choices.
  • How to keep themselves and others safe. 
  • Where to go for support and advice. 
  • When a situation may pose a risk, and action steps that can be taken.
  • That knife crime can have significant consequences and affect many more people than the victim and perpetrator.
  • Understand that friendships should be supportive and respectful. 
  • The skills they need to have challenging conversations with their friends and grown ups.

 

*Office for National Statistics.

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Positive Choices for Life (Knife Crime Workshop & Assembly)

Positive Choices for Life Assembly

Start your day with the Positive Choices for Life, an interactive and engaging Assembly, specifically designed for Upper KS2 and KS3 to take an early intervention strategy to Knife Crime Awareness, gang culture and positive relationships.

Using character monologues delivered by a professional performer, animations, and voiceovers, your students will explore the key learning points raised within the Assembly, prompting an excellent opportunity for continuous discussions about making positive choices for life, even when a situation might be challenging.

Your students will meet three characters, each is struggling with a specific challenge within this sensitive subject.

Your students will discuss strategies and tactics for these characters to stay safe and places they could go to get support.

 

Positive Choices for Life Workshops

After the Assembly, students will then take part in individual class workshops where they will explore the themes raised in the main Assembly in more depth and look at each of the characters and their choices in more detail. 

Upper Key Stage 2 - Key Stage 3

Age Appropriate & Positive

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All our facilitators hold Enhanced DBS checks.

Knife Crime Workshops

Upper Key Stage 2 - Key Stage 3

Age Appropriate & Positive

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All our facilitators hold Enhanced DBS checks.

What will my students learn?

Your students will:

  • Take part in role-play activities to enhance their understanding of the character’s emotions and feelings.
  • Engage in practical skills to navigate peer pressure and challenging conversations.
  • Consolidate their understanding of knife crime and the law.
  • Be empowered with strategies to keep themselves and others safe.
  • Recognise the signs of a positive, respectful relationship.
  • Understand where to go for advice and support, with reference to specific support services.

The Details

  • Each Assembly is 45 minutes.
  • Each Workshop is 45-60 minutes to suit your timetable.
  • Assemblies cater for 120 students per session
  • Workshops cater for 30 students per session.
  • Workshops require a cleared space such as your school hall and use of a projector.

        Meet the Characters

        Your students will meet three characters, Rayan, Nicki and Cameron. Each is struggling with a specific challenge within this sensitive subject.

        Your students will discuss strategies and tactics for these characters to stay safe and places they could go to get support. 

        Meet Rayan

        Meet Rayan, he’s 11 years old and spends a lot of time with his older brother and his friends. Rayan has always felt like he had a hard time fitting in with his peers, and has been supported by his older brother. But recently, his older brother and his friends have started making choices that Rayan isn’t comfortable with, and they’re trying to get him to join in too. They say that they’re just trying to keep themselves safe, and that the respectful action is to join in with them. Rayan is feeling pressured. They’ve always been really nice, and he doesn’t want to let anyone down. What should he do?

        Your students will show Rayan the different consequences of the choices he will make, and how to make Positive Choices for Life, and where to go for support. 

        Knife Crime Workshops - Rayan

        Meet Nicki

        Meet Nicki, he’s 12 years old and enjoys spending time with his friends. Sometimes when he’s out and about with friends, he sees other groups of friends getting into arguments and disagreements. These can sometimes be heated and recently one of his friends got involved with an argument too, and asked him to join in and have her back. Nicki wants to keep going out with his friends, but it makes him feel worried when she sees disagreements. His friends say that if he’s part of a group, he’s safe. He wants to talk to the grown ups in his life, but isn’t sure what to say and sometimes finds it hard. What should he do?

        Your students will equip Nicki with strategies and tactics to identify positive relationships, and how and where to get support. 

        Knife Crime Workshops - Cameron

        Meet Cameron

        Meet Cameron. She’s 11 years old. Cameron has recently started receiving a lot of messages on her phone that are making her feel upset. The messages are from someone saying that Cameron could get hurt. Cameron wants to protect herself, but isn’t sure how best to do that. She’s started watching videos online that give her tips and advice, and feels influenced by these, but some of the advice being suggested doesn’t feel right, it feels like it could have negative consequences. The messages are making Cameron feel angry, and she’s having a hard time regulating her emotions. What should she do?

         

        Your students will help Cameron to understand proportionate and disproportionate responses to how we feel, and how to get the right kind of advice. 

        Knife Crime Workshops - Nicki

        Our Testimonials

        ‘I want to pass on my huge gratitude for the amazing workshops delivered over three days at Putney high school. The response was amazing.

        Your patience, delivery and professionalism shone through and there’s been so much positive feedback. You started a very important conversation in the school.’

        Putney High School

        London

        ‘Our facilitator was absolutely amazing! Extremely interactive and engaging with the pupils. The session was very ‘active’ with short bursts of activities going on throughout, as well as crucial information being shared with the students. So, it was not boring and the pupils were not talked at for the whole hour!

        Our facilitator was also very confident, and her behaviour management was exceptional. She retained the pupil’s attention at all times and overall, it was an extremely successful session. I hope to work with your company again in the near future.‘

        Eden Girls Leadership Academy

        Birmingham.

        ‘The workshops helped make an important common issue in schools more relatable and engaging to students.

        It helps students to understand they have the power to stop bullying. The constant interaction and probing questions really challenged the students’ perceptions.

        You were charismatic and engaging from the first moment and you held the audience captive throughout.’

        Canons High School

        Edgware, London.

        ‘The facilitators had great knowledge and expertise, very up-to-date information, and were adaptable to our school needs. They had brilliant teaching strategies to engage children in listening/active learning/discussion.

        Positive and warm with the children, managed children well.
        It was all brilliant and staff, pupils and parents were all impressed and said how beneficial the sessions were – they really enjoyed the sessions and all learnt so much.

        Thank you for your flexibility, positivity and expertise. It was an excellent day and I’m sure we’ll rebook the show and/or workshops again in the future.’

        Manchester High School for Girls

        Manchester

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        Can I talk to someone before booking?

        Yes, we’re here to help create a fantastic event for your school.

        Call us on 0207 459 4473 and a friendly member of our team will talk through the best options for your school.

        How many presenters deliver the Knife Crime Workshops and Assembly?

        One presenter delivers the sessions.

        Is the Positive Choices for Life Knife Crime Assembly a Theatre Performance?

        The Positive Choices Knife Crime Assembly is an interactive assembly that is designed to be delivered to
        a large number of students at a time. It is not a theatre production.

        How do students need to sit?

        For the assembly, please sit students in Assembly Style Seating. This can be in a Theatre style Space, a Hall, or a Lecture Theatre.

        Please also avoid exam style seating, and no desks are needed.

        For the workshops, we usually set the seating in a horseshoe shape. This can be in a hall using standard benches or chairs.

        Are teachers involved?

        We will ask one teacher to introduce the Presenter. (This will be a short piece of
        text that is read from a script.) Your assistance with this is gratefully received.

        How do I arrange payment?

        To reserve your day, we will send you a simple booking form. Once this has been completed your date is booked in and secured for your school.

        There is no need to arrange payment in advance. Around two weeks ahead of the visit, we will send an invoice to the designated finance contact at your school.

        Payment is then due within 30 days from the day the invoice is sent.

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