Home Office #knifefree lesson plans for KS3&4 – updated for summer 2019

Home Office #knifefree lesson plans for KS3&4 – updated for summer 2019

We have created PSHE education lessons to challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife to secondary school students, using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion.

These free-to-download lessons will inform young people of the consequences of carrying a knife and inspire them to pursue positive alternatives, using real life stories of young people’s experiences as a basis. Accompanying teacher guidance will help you plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum safely and effectively. The included PowerPoint slides for each lesson will help you to deliver engaging and effective lessons.

Well-planned and delivered PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as the subject develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts such as risk, identity and power, and skills relating to decision making and managing peer influence. These lessons are therefore best suited for delivery alongside topics exploring personal safety or gang crime.

This resource pack was originally launched in July 2018 and updated for June 2019 following consultation with members. The newly developed #knife free pack includes:

  • An updated lesson for key stage 3 recognising and evaluating the risks of carrying a knife.
  • An updated lesson for key stage 4 challenging common misconceptions about knife crime and exploring how young people can choose to live knife free and achieve their potential.
  • A brand new extension lesson, adaptable for either key stage 3 or 4 students, which explores the impact of role models on decision making and helps students to develop strategies to manage peer influence and pressures to carry a knife. We are grateful to all the teachers and schools who contributed their excellent feedback to our focus group when developing these lessons.


Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability said:

“I’m pleased that our current lessons on knife crime have proved successful and that we are able to strengthen them even further, and I’d like to thank every teacher who has made the time to deliver them.”

Jonathan Baggaley, PSHE Association Chief Executive said:

“These new materials are designed to challenge inaccurate perceptions about knife crime, help young people develop the confidence to resist pressure to carry knives, and to recognise positive role models. We encourage all schools to download and deliver these free materials”

We welcome your feedback on the #knifefree lesson plans and encourage you to complete the Home Office feedback survey here to help us to further develop and build on these resources.




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Safety (including Physical and Online Safety)


Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

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