Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

On Thursday 19th May a PCSO and PC from Durham Police visited the college to deliver two sessions relating to bullying and knife crime.


The PSCO delivered a presentation to support the learners to understand what is meant by bullying and how this can be portrayed.

Learners were encouraged to think of the impact bullying could have and how it may make people feel. Learners were supported to watch a rang of video clips highlighting a range of public figures who had endured bullying, how it made them feel and how they overcome it. Learners were able to identify that bullying is wrong and state the action they would take at college if they thought themselves or a peer was being bullied.

Knife Crime

The PC delivered a slideshow to support learners to increase their awareness of knife crime. Learners were informed about the horrifying results that knife crime can cause such as Grievous Bodily Harm and even death, as well as the prison sentences that these offences come with.

They also shared the devastating effects that knife crime can have upon a whole community. Again, learners were able to identify that this is wrong and that somebody is never justified to carry a knife with the intent of hurting another person.

At the end of the presentation learners then participated in role play to support them to understand what if would feel like to be arrested.

Participating in the session delivered by the local police force has increased learner understanding and enabled them to become responsible, respectful and active citizens. It has also provided opportunities to support learners’ development in relation to personal safety.

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