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Prison Me! NO WAY!!

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PRISON! Me! No Way!!!

Prison life came to Richard Lander School on Tuesday 3rd July when the whole of Year 8 came off timetable in order to participate in a Prison! Me! No Way!!! Crime and Safety Awareness Day.  Run by the No Way Trust in collaboration with the Richard Lander Personal Development department, the aim of the day was to raise awareness amongst young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime through a series of interactive and dynamic workshops.
               
Students were introduced to the realities of prison life through presentations from prison officers alongside the chance to enter a full size replica prison cell complete with genuine prison smell! On a lighter note all students also experienced the Street Scene to allow them to consider the consequences of anti-social behaviour for themselves and the community around them.

Throughout the day students were also asked to consider their own responsibility for their decisions and potential consequences of taking the wrong path the link between drugs and crime; guilt by association; arson and a courtroom scenario and staying safe in the technological age.

The overwhelming highlight of the day however was the Prisoners Insight session. Students had the opportunity to hear first-hand about what life is like in prison from two current prisoners who talked openly and frankly about their experiences and the mistakes they have made to end up where they are. 

Verity Matthews (13)  said: This was really good and told us a lot about how prison can change your life and how harsh it is.  I enjoyed listening to their answers

Joseph Hornbuckle (13)  said:  This was my favourite because they were real prisoners and not actors so they know what it is really like and we could ask them questions.  Its not often we can have the chance to do something like that.

This was an engaging and thought-provoking day for all involved both students and staff!

Richard Lander School