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Commissioner drums up support for school's GREAT relationships message

Alan Charles at Ladywood School

Alan Charles with members of Richard Arter’s steel band workshop

Kirk Hallam pupils welcomed Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles as the latest member of their steel band workshop this week, when he visited their school to see how an innovative teaching project alerts youngsters to domestic abuse.

Kirk Hallam’s Ladywood Primary School Year 6 pupils, aged 10 and 11, are taking part in a programme called GREAT – Good Relationships are Equal and Trusting. It aims to teach them that people do have different opinions, that it is important to respect different views and that sometimes it is necessary to compromise. 

A major part of the programme is to teach the children that domestic abuse is unacceptable and violence is never the answer to a difference of opinion. Mr Charles, who was previously Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for education, was particularly impressed with the work being done to address the issues surrounding domestic abuse. “I think this is an excellent programme,” he said.

“Clearly,it’s important that children understand from a young age what domestic violence is and that it is not acceptable.

“I believe this project provides essential life skill learning and awareness in a very difficult and sensitive area. I am confident that this will make a difference to these young people’s lives.”

During his visit to the school the Commissioner also thoroughly enjoyed an introduction to the steel drums. “I was told they make beautiful music,” he said. “My efforts were hardly that, but I did think they made a brilliant sound!”

The Commissioner was accompanied by local councillor Michelle Booth.


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Posted on Friday 12th July 2013
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