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Teign School joins The Big Legal Lesson during Justice Week

25th February 2021

As part of Justice Week 2021 (1-5 March), pupils at Teign School will join tens of thousands of young people across schools in England and Wales to benefit from ‘The Big Legal Lesson’. This schools’ campaign, led by the education charity Young Citizens, will be the biggest public legal education event of its kind as it introduces the fundamentals of the Justice system in England and Wales. More than 700 schools nationwide are taking part – an increase from last year despite the difficulties created for schools by the pandemic.

Young Citizens created the classroom resources in partnership with global law firm Allen and Overy, so teachers in primary and secondary schools could use age-appropriate content and activities for key stages 1-4 (pupils aged 5-16). The classroom resources look at the fundamentals of the rule of law, and the role of parliament, government and the justice system. It will be an ‘entry-level’ resource, suitable for those children and young people with the least understanding of the rule of law and justice.

Suzannah Wharf, Headteacher at Teign School stated: “We are delighted to be joining a national network of teachers committed to providing valuable knowledge and skills that will serve our children throughout their futures. The Big Legal Lesson will serve to highlight the importance of the rule of law in defending our democracy and boosting our learners’ legal capabilities. This type of experience for the students is very much key to our ethos and values at Teign where we are preparing students for the world beyond school and our Rights Respecting Schools agenda; Article 40 – Juvenile Justice and Article 42 – Knowledge of Rights.”

Tom Franklin, CEO of Young Citizens: ““Learning about the justice system and the rule of law should be a vital part of education for every young person in the UK, enabling them to develop into empowered and responsible citizens. The Big Legal Lesson, held during Justice Week, is designed to give as many young people as possible an introduction to the law. With COVID-19 having dominated young people’s lives in the past year, we’ve adapted the resources to encourage young people to consider how the law has been used to respond to the pandemic. We’ve also made them so that they can be used by teachers whether in the classroom or via home learning. We’re delighted that despite the pandemic restrictions, even more schools are taking part this year."

The theme of Justice Week 2021 is ‘Rights and Justice: the cost of COVID-19’, and the intention is that the week’s engagement, will boost public understanding of the fundamentals of the justice system in England and Wales. Justice Week is jointly co-ordinated by the The Bar Council, the Law Society and CILEx, and it is a collaborative effort involving voluntary sector organisations, schools, universities, legal professionals, the media and anyone with an interest in justice.

More information about the Big Legal Lesson can be found on the Young Citizens website. One can follow school engagement on social media using #JusticeWeek and #TheBigLegalLesson.

 

For further information about The Big Legal Lesson at Teign School, please contact katherine.evans@teignschool.org.uk

For further comment from Young Citizens please contact Richard John, info@youngcitizens.org.uk, on 020 7566 4141.

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