Knife Crime Awareness in primary schools

How to teach Knife Crime Awareness in primary schools

For knife crime awareness week 20th – 26th May 2024, our friends at The Ben Kinsella Trust are urging us to acknowledge the painful impact of knife crime within our communities.
Statistics paint a stark picture: incidents of knife-related violence are on the rise. But in the face of this concerning trend, there's a beacon of hope; education.
As educators and guardians, it's crucial to understand why we need to equip our youth with the knowledge and skills to navigate away from the dangers of knife crime.
That’s why, in this blog, we’re covering:
  • UK Knife Crime Statistics 2023/2024
  • How to teach knife crime awareness in primary school
  • KS1 and KS2 resources for knife crime in schools
  • Knife Crime Assembly with The Ben Kinsella Trust
  • Community support for knife crime in the UK
Let's delve into the numbers first.

What are the latest statistics for knife crime in the UK?

According to the Office of National Statistics, in the UK alone, police recorded over 50,500 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument for the year ending March 2023; representing a 10% increase from the previous year. Sadly, these figures aren't just abstract numbers—they represent lives shattered, families torn apart and communities left in fear.

But why are these numbers climbing?

The answers are complex and wedged deep within societal, economic as well as cultural factors.

However, one undeniable truth emerges: knife crime often starts young. Many perpetrators and victims alike are teenagers or even younger.

This is where the power of education comes into play.

Education isn't just about reading, writing and arithmetic—it's about equipping young minds with the tools they need to navigate the complexities of the world around them.

By educating our youth about the dangers of knife crime, we empower them to make informed decisions and resist the pull of violence. But what does this education look like?

How to teach primary children about knife crime:

It starts with fostering empathy and understanding, which - for most schools - is delivered within PSHE education.

As a reaction and defence to feeling marginalised, hopeless or trapped in a cycle of violence, some young people and pupils turn to knives or sharp objectives.

We believe that by facilitating a supportive environment where pupils feel heard and valued – for example leading class discussions and teaching with alternative-ending videos, engaging worksheets and class resources, we can address the root causes of knife crime and steer them towards healthier paths.

Knife Crime Resources for Primary Schools

1decision provides award-winning resources, such as KS1 and KS2 pupil workbooks, pre-planned lessons with teacher notes, assessments and alternative-ending videos to support schools educating on Knife Crime Awareness in primary schools. Moreover, education empowers young people with crucial life skills, such as conflict resolution and emotional regulation.

By teaching them how to manage their emotions and resolve conflicts peacefully, we provide alternatives to violence and equip them with the tools to navigate challenging situations without resorting to knives. In this respect, education serves as a powerful deterrent.

By raising awareness about the legal consequences of carrying knives and the devastating impact it can have on individuals and communities, we can help dissuade young people from making dangerous choices.

Knowledge truly is power, and by arming our youth with information, we empower them to make choices that prioritise safety and well-being.

But as we know too well, education isn't just about what happens within the four walls of a classroom—it's about creating a culture of responsibility and accountability within our communities.

Community Support for Knife Crime Awareness

Schools, families and local organisations must work together to send a clear message: knife crime will not be tolerated. By fostering partnerships between law enforcement, educators, and community leaders, we can create a united front against violence.

Education also serves as a catalyst for change. If we can encourage young people to become advocates for peace and justice, we plant the seeds for a safer, more equitable society.

Whether it's through peer mentoring programs, youth-led initiatives, or community outreach efforts, pupils have the power to drive meaningful change in their communities and beyond.

FREE Knife Crime Assembly with our partners The Ben Kinsella Trust

Looking for a knife crime assembly to share in Primary Schools? Request to receive our assembly pack and start teaching knife crime awareness, today.

In the fight against knife crime, education is our most powerful weapon. By arming our youth with knowledge, empathy and resilience, we can create a generation of change-makers who are equipped to build a safer society for all. It won't be easy, and the road ahead may be long and challenging.

But by investing in the education and empowerment of our young people, we invest in a brighter, more hopeful future—one where every child can grow up without fear of violence or harm.


We create interactive PSHE resources for primary children. As part of the media generation, we know how important it is to engage and teach from a young age. Each module is carefully created by PSHE and Safeguarding experts together with schools and, most importantly, children. We are proud to offer resources to over 2,000 schools in 47 UK counties and across the world.


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