GCSE Citizenship Pupils challenge the Prime Minister about Knife Crime
Our GCSE Citizenship Pupils have been influencing people of power as part of their coursework.
Pupils have been raising awareness of an issue that has a huge impact on today’s society. They decided to complete a survey with the local community and one of the issues raised was the national increase in knife crime.
One of their units required them to influence people of power and using their words and a good old fashioned pen, they each wrote a letter.
In their letters, they detailed their worries and gave ideas on how to tackle such crime. One pupil requested an increased police presence. While another pupil asked for permanent amnesty knife boxes.
They then sent the letters to:
- Boris Johnson, Prime Minister
- Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton
- Ian Hopkins, Chief of Police
- Mrs Smith, Principal at our Academy
So far they’ve had a response from the Home Office’s Direct Communications Unit on behalf of the Prime Minister. The letter states what is being done to help tackle knife crime.
Mrs Effie Simms, Head of Department for Citizenship said: “The Citizenship Department is immensely proud of how mature the pupils have been on this issue, which is undeniably a growing concern in society. The pupils have created their own active citizenship campaigns, interacted with the local community and lobbied people in power, demonstrating excellent advocacy skills whilst representing the Co-op and our Academy values”.
Pupils have continued their campaign to raise awareness by teaching a class of Year 7 Pupils the causes and consequences of knife crime. They planned and delivered the lesson as part of the GCSE Citizenship units.
If you would like to read the letter, please click here.