Feedback from Mrs Hall - Berry Brow & Newsome Junior School Leeds Feb 2018
Good Afternoon Gents,
I wanted to extend my deepest thanks to West Yorkshire Police for funding the week long project with my Year 6 children.
I was initially worried about bringing this subject into school with children who are still emotionally quite naive but who believe themselves to be worldly wise. After the first session with James I became so aware of how necessary this work is whilst the children are still young and impressionable. I’ve realised how important it is that we bring this information to the children at this point in their lives so that they have the truth about the danger of getting involved in gangs and how, armed with the facts, they can make the right choices at the right time in their lives. As they move on to high school in the next 6 months I know that they will enter that phase of their life fully understanding the consequences of making the wrong choices and listening to the wrong influences. You were right to bring this to Year 6 and I thank you for that.
James’ delivery of this very hard-hitting and controversial material was superb. The facts were evidenced with real examples and first hand knowledge to children in a sensitive and age appropriate way. There were opportunities to discuss emotions and what-ifs and so many times children were allowed to take a few minutes and reflect on the effects of making the wrong choices. Children were given simple tactics to avoid being in situations where their safety might be compromised and children were left in no uncertain terms about what the effect of getting involved in gangs would be. James’ style of delivery was the right balance of facts and delivered with humour and humility.
I have known my Y6 children since they toddled into nursery when they were 3 years old. When they were young we picked them up when they fell over, helped them to learn about the world around them and nurtured them, alongside their parents, into the lovely children they are. This project has helped us to ensure that we continue to nurture them and to keep them safe as they move into a world where we are not always at their side. The project has empowered my Y6 to be in control of their life chances and make the right choices as young adults.Thank you West Yorkshire Police and I hope that you will consider sustaining this project for many more years to come.
Federation Head Teacher
Berry Brow and Newsome Junior