We have now successfully finished our tour of all the secondary schools (mainstream and non mainstream) in Nuneaton and Bedworth. This work was funded by Police & Crime Commission grant scheme with the support of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Communities (Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council). We ran 12 theatre in education sessions in total of our programme Working For Marcus (child sexual exploitation awareness), Safe and Sound (teenage partner abuse) and One 2 Many (alcohol and drug awareness).
- As a result of seeing the Working for Marcus programme, 94% of pupils said they felt confident or very confident in spotting signs of sexual exploitation and grooming. One pupil wrote that “As a result of seeing the Working for Marcus session I will keep an eye out for sexual exploitation/grooming. I will warn my friends and I will never do anything I feel uncomfortable with.”
- 100% of pupils recorded that the Safe & Sound programme helps them to stay safe from teenage partner abuse. One pupil wrote this was because “the programme teaches what a healthy relationship looks like where to seek advice, when and how.”
- 97% of pupils who participated in the One 2 Many sessions could identify that so called ‘legal highs’ are actually illegal. One pupil wrote “It shows the consequences and effects of drugs and alcohol.” Another wrote “I will think before doing any drugs or drinking alcohol.”
We are pleased to announce that on the back of the success of this tour we have been funded to repeat this tour next academic year. Fantastic news. Thank you PCC and Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Communities and all the fantastic pupils we met over this tour.