A positive force in education

Our educational resources support teachers with unique sessions that develop children’s understanding, resilience and willingness to support each other.

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Our Vision

Pol-Ed supports schools in delivering expertly planned lessons designed to develop a deep awareness of risks, citizenship, and the law. The Pol-Ed team have focussed the coverage of the materials to address priority areas of policing, such as sexual violence and harassment; child on child abuse; and the perception that young people have of the police.

About Us

Testimonials from our schools

Mrs L. Pitts

The online slides are clear and help you to structure lessons for my pupils. My class love the lessons and they have taught them so much.

Millbridge, A SHARE Primary Academy – Kirklees
Mrs R. Vernon

I have been teaching PSHE for over 20 years and these are the best set of resources that have ever come out and they are free and so up to date and relevant.

Woodhouse Grove School - Bradford
Mrs K. Watson

It’s great to know we have a local provider catering for local needs!

Lightcliffe Academy - Calderdale
Mrs K. Hemingway

The Pol-Ed materials helped my class understand the importance of making good and informed decisions. The materials are easy to use – everything you need is included. All the lessons are engaging, interactive, well-designed and age appropriate. Because they are so well written, our SLT have now included the units throughout our PSHE curriculum.

Gomersal St. Mary’s CE(C) Primary School - Kirklees

Frequently asked questions

What is Pol-Ed?

Pol-Ed is a range of resources that have been designed to be aligned with the PSHE Association Programs of Study. The materials consist of:

  • Lessons created by subject matter experts who specialise in Citizenship teaching and PSHE.
  • Assemblies created by subject matter experts.
  • CPD videos for professionals to support the teaching of difficult topic areas (coming soon)
  • Assessment tools in the guise of the Pol-Ed Passport stamps.
Who is it for?

Pol-Ed is currently aimed at all students in KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5 the aim is to expand our library of lessons to cover EYFS and SEN provision.

How are the lessons structured?

Lessons in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 can be delivered in either 20-, 40- or 60-minute sessions, the Scheme of Work highlights which slides to miss out in order to change the lesson length. Lessons can be delivered by teachers to full classes, small groups, individuals or as a full year group assembly. Key Stage 1 and 2 lessons are structured to be delivered in one session, but this can be at the discretion of the teacher.

Will Pol-Ed replace our school’s existing PSHE scheme?

No, Pol-Ed is designed so that the lessons can be embedded within your current scheme of work to complement and enhance your existing PSHE provision. Although we advise embedded Pol-Ed lesson with your current PSHE long term plan, our lessons can be delivered at anytime and in response to emerging issues within a school setting.

Who has commissioned it?

Pol-Ed has been commissioned and developed by West Yorkshire Police to support its partnership working strategy and help keep our young people safe. The original Pol-Ed programme was funded by successful bids for money from the Proceeds of Crime fund.

‘Proceeds of crime’ refers to the assets, funds and property gained whilst undertaking criminal activity. Authorities such as The Crown Prosecution Service have the power to confiscate these assets thanks to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Pol-Ed has funded the first 3 years of the programme from money which has been recovered from drug dealers, money launderers, fraudsters and other criminal enterprises. We are using these ill-gotten gains to fund the development of the Pol-Ed programme with the aim of helping young people understand the law and to assist them in making informed choices.

How much will it cost?

Pol-Ed is completely free to all schools in your Force area if your Force has purchased access to the Pol-Ed website. The aim is for Pol-Ed to become a national program and be given free of charge to all schools if their Police Force purchases Pol-Ed.

Some of the subjects are quite tough to teach, is there any help available?

The Pol-Ed team will be producing some CPD videos for teachers to support them with teaching difficult topic areas.

I am a parent; can I see what the resources contain and what my child is being taught?

Pol-Ed is a learning resource specifically created for teachers, all lessons fit in with the statutory guidance that schools have to deliver, if you have any questions regarding an individual lesson contents, please speak to you child’s school.

Does Pol-Ed offer support to parents?

As part of our long term aim we plan on producing a range of video to support parents around difficult topic areas. These videos will address how they may deal discussing difficult topics or what signs to look out for if they are worried about their child.

If you have any current concerns please contact your child’s school or for more serious concerns please contact your Police Force directly.

Academic research

At Pol-Ed, we want to ensure that all our resources are fit for purpose and meet the needs of Forces, schools, and children. During early 2023 a short research program of Pol-Ed was undertaken by Huddersfield University, some of the findings are below:

On teachers
  • Increased confidence in delivering material (part. complex or sensitive issues)
  • 'Quality assurance' of police involvement in materials
  • Greater student retention of information.
  • Positive feedback.
On school community
  • Raised awareness of various community issues (e.g. alcohol, cyber-related crime).
  • Helps breakdown misperceptions (e.g. learned in home).
  • Greater understanding and appreciation of police role in community
On students
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of risk.
  • Greater awareness of issues in communities - also demonstrated how to keep themselves safe.
  • More knowledge of role of police in society, more positive perceptions, 'trusted people'.

Throughout 2024 and into 2025, a new research project of Pol-Ed will be undertaken by Huddersfield University. Throughout the research, both teachers and pupils will be spoken to and asked a range of questions about the Pol-Ed resources. With the intention of learning about our scheme’s good points, areas for improvement but also the impact the lessons and assemblies have had on them.