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First ever counter-terror lesson plans introduced for Key Stage 3 and 4

The Department for Education is backing the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ campaign commissioned by Counter Terrorism Policing, which includes a number of age-appropriate lesson plans based around a short video on how to survive terrorist gun and knife attacks.

The resources, which have been developed in association with the PHSE Association and Girlguiding, aim to bring terrorism safety advice into UK classrooms for the first time in light of recent events, and schools are being urged to take full advantage of the free lesson plans (which can be downloaded from the NPCC website) aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

The organisations involved in the creation of ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ understand the difficulty of the subject, and as such, they have developed the short film and accompanying resources to lack any “shock horror” factor. The six-minute film follows the characters Nur, Edih and Llet as they recount how they survived an attack on a shopping centre, but it deliberately does not include any screaming or show any images of the actual attack, even though gunfire and shouts can be heard.

The perpetrators of the attack are not shown or discussed at any point during the video, as the PHSE Association deputy chief executive states, “It could be anyone, for any reason…we didn’t want any shock horror tactics.”

The ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ campaign acts as a good introduction to the ‘Treat’ campaign, which has been created in partnership with St John Ambulance to teach young people how to deliver trauma first-aid to themselves or an injured person whilst hiding and waiting to be rescued by the police during an attack.

It is not compulsory for schools to deliver these lessons to their students, but it is a requirement that every member of staff working in a school environment is familiar with the Prevent Duty and understands their individual responsibilities with regards to preventing radicalisation. At the Child Protection Company, we offer an in-depth overview of your Prevent Duty in our online Awareness of Prevent Duty training course. The course has been written by safeguarding experts specifically for staff working in education, and it is available to take online or on a mobile device 24/7. For more information, please visit our dedicated course page.