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What can schools do to lessen the impact of knife crime on pupils?

The knife crime epidemic is having a huge impact on communities and is leaving our youngest children frightened and anxious. A group of schools is now convening a summit in June to discuss the role of primary schools in reassuring and supporting pupils and their families. Fiona Aubrey-Smith reports

At the time of writing this piece, more than 36 people had been killed through stabbings in London in 2019. Last year the figure totalled 138.

In just four days at the beginning of April, five people were stabbed in five separate incidents all within a mile or so radius of each other in Edmonton. In the same period, numerous assaults and muggings of students took place on evening buses as secondary children travelled home from school.

Less than half a mile from these violent incidents, sits Raynham Primary School, one of the largest primary schools in the country. As the spring term came to a close, most schools were focusing on Easter celebrations and spring projects. Some were starting to think about the impending assessments facing children in the summer term.

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