Year 7 worked alongside a varied team of visitors for the Your Life You Choose programme.
The students were fully engaged in a series of workshops detailing a range of components of the criminal justice system. Prison officers gave a full and frank report of life in prison and the systems operated. Local magistrates introduced the “bench” and how decisions are made in a court. Two ex offenders explained how they had become involved in crime and what life had been like in prison and since their release. A paramedic gave powerful accounts of his everyday experiences including attending knife crime attacks. The day ended with students looking at a video of a crime involving young people. An officer from Trident explained Joint Enterprise. This is the 3rd year that we have worked on this excellent project that seeks to help young students make the right choices to steer well clear of gangs and crime.
All our evaluations suggest that this programme really does hit home.