Violence Reduction Alliance

Pan-Staffordshire PSHE Education Service

In December 2021, the VRA supported the recruitment of two Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) Coordinators through the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office, to develop a strong, consistent and quality assured approach to PSHE in education settings across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The VRA’s ultimate aim is to prevent violence before it occurs. With this in mind, we support an evidence-based, consistent approach to Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education with schools, and other educational establishments, to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviour and to increase social competence and resilience. 

The PSHE Education Service covers a breadth of topics, in addition to violence, and is committed to supporting every child and young person in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive now and in the future. Find out more about the PSHE Education Service and their broader work via their website.

The VRA and partners have worked with the PSHE Education Service to develop locally produced, age-appropriate, quality PSHE education resources in line with the local PSHE education framework including:

Comic Books

The VRA and the PSHE Education Service have produced four comic books targeted at primary school students around bullying, harassment, personal space awareness and photo sharing. 

The PSHE Education Service has further produced an issue to help raise awareness of County Lines which is aimed at secondary school students. 

Knife Crime & PSHE Education Pack

The PSHE Education Service has developed a Knife Crime and PSHE Education Pack to support education providers to deliver quality PSHE education around knife crime. 

The education pack includes: 

  • Best practice principles 
  • Links to PSHE curriculum (Primary, Secondary & Youth Work)
  • Spotting the signs that a young person may be carrying a knife
  • Contextual safeguarding 
  • The law around knife crime 
  • Bladed weapon guidance from Staffordshire Police 

Virtual Reality

The VRA has purchased two Virtual Reality (VR) PSHE programmes to help educate young people on the risks and consequences of carrying a knife, gang culture, criminal exploitation and anti-social behaviour. 

Developed by Round Midnight, Virtual_Decisions enables young people to make different decisions and illustrates the impact of their choices. 

The PSHE Education Service will be taking a targeted approach to the delivery of the VR programmes to ensure we are reaching the young people who would benefit the most.

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We are taking a partnership and inclusion approach to bringing about positive changes in communities throughout Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent. These projects are created or selected based on understanding and needs of local communities, brought by those who are living and working within them.

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