Knife free lesson plans and materials for KS3/4

06 Jun 2019

The PSHE Association have created PSHE education lessons to challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife to secondary school students, using the Home Office knifefree campaign.

These free-to-download lessons will 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. The included PowerPoint slides for each lesson will help you to deliver engaging and effective lessons. Schools can access the resource here:

Home Office #knifefree lesson plans for KS3/4 – updated for summer 2019

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.

This resource pack was originally launched in July 2018 and updated for June 2019 following consultation with members. The newly developed #knife free pack includes:

  • An updated lesson for KS3 recognising and evaluating the risks of carrying a knife
  • An updated lesson for KS4 challenge common misconceptions about knife crime and exploring how young people can choose to live knife free and achieve their potential
  • A brand new extension lesson, adaptable for either KS3/4 students, which explores the impact of role models on decision making and helps students to develop strategies to manage peer influence and pressures to carry a knife. We are grateful to all the teachers and schools who contributed their excellent feedback to our focus group when developing these lessons.
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Last updated: 06 Jun 2019