Police in the classroom

January 2019

Police officers can support teachers in delivering a range of topics in personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education lessons, such as drug education, road safety and raising awareness of online safety. The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the PSHE Association are working together to explore current practice and ensure that police contributions to PSHE education are of maximum benefit to teachers and pupils.

Up to now there has been little guidance on how to make the most of police contributions and how to ensure they are effective and safe. To address this, the NPCC and PSHE Association have produced a new handbook for PSHE teachers and police staff working with schools. The handbook celebrates current good practice, presents best approaches to using police in the classroom and provides tips, practical guidance and support, all informed by substantial new research, including surveys and two academic literature reviews.

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