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A range of fully-resourced inputs for forces and schools.

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Our Vision

Pol-Ed supports Forces and schools in developing a range of expertly planned lessons and inputs 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.

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Why use Pol-Ed?

The aim of Pol-Ed is to keep our children safe through a range of interventions.

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We want to stop children becoming victims, or indeed perpetrators, of crime. These interventions are designed to be delivered to children in Phases.

The resources are in line with the current Policing Priorities, DfE Curriculum Frameworks, and the Ofsted Lines of Enquiry.

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The benefits for schools

All of the Pol-Ed content focuses on the Policing Priorities and Ofsted lines of enquiry and are linked to the DfE statutory guidance and PSHE Association Programme of Study to ensure we are best meeting the needs of our children and young people.

Aligned with Ofsted

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Teacher support

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Created by experts

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Flexible content

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Pol-Ed resources are split into 3 topic areas

Covering age appropriate interactions with people and situations a child may come encounter both in and out of school.

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This topic covers lesson themes including consent between friends and partners (including domestic abuse), sexual offences and grooming, bullying and much more.

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Keeping Safe

This topic area covers lesson themes including the role of emergency services, what can be perceived as anti social, Criminal exploitation, addiction and much more.

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Understanding the law

This topic area covers lesson themes including how to be a responsible citizen, what is a hate crime, what to do if stop and searched by the Police, what constitute public order and much more.

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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:

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.  

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'.

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 education and intervention resources for both schools and Police Forces.

Who is it for?

Pol-Ed is for a Police Force who want to work closely with our partners in education with the purpose of keeping our children safer and also use educational inputs to prevent children from becoming involved in crime.

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.

How much will it cost?

The cost of Pol-Ed varies by individual Forces based on the population size of that Force area. 

Pol-Ed could be covered through funding from POCA, PCC, Safer Street Fund or various other grants and income streams.

For price information and advice around funding methods please email Pol.Ed@westyorkshire.police.uk.

How do we support the delivery of resources?

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

Can resources be downloaded?

The Pol-Ed resources are designed to be delivered ‘on-line’ from the website; this ensures that you are getting the most up to date version of the lesson available. As legislation / education guidance changes, the Pol-Ed team will update any lessons which are affected to keep the content legally correct and relevant.

Can I suggest an input?

The Pol-Ed team are keen to have user input and suggestions for lessons. Please visit our suggestions section where you can make lesson topic suggestions to the Pol-Ed team.

Can I track usage

A Force can track both usage of Pol-Ed education resources by schools for individual lesson usage and groups of lessons usage. They can also track their own Police inputs on their Force Pol-Ed page.

I have forgotten my Log in / Password.

Please make contact with your force administrator who will be able to provide you with your log on details or set you up on Pol-Ed. If your Pol-Ed manager has moved roles and you no longer have access to the Pol-Ed website, please email us at Pol.Ed@westyorkshire.police.uk.

How do I get a Pol-Ed Log in?

If your force is already registered with Pol-Ed, please make contact with your force’s administrator who will be able to set you up on the Pol-Ed site and provide you with a Log in and Password. If your force is not registered with Pol-Ed, please contact us.

Who can use Pol-Ed?

Pol-Ed for schools are resources designed for delivery by teachers only. The other Pol-Ed resources can delivered by Officers or other Police staff.

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