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THE THEATRE OF LAW... AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT BEING STAGED AT THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE FOR BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN HARROW, BRENT AND WESTMINSTER

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Thu, 29/11/2012 - 16:15

 

THE THEATRE OF LAW... AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT BEING STAGED AT THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE for both Primary and Secondary Schools in Harrow, Brent and Westminster by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) funded by John Lyon’s Charity. This project has been created so that young people from 9 to 19 year olds, with the support of legal professionals, can improve their understanding of the law and the consequences of their actions using the dramatic setting of a court room to explore offending through role play. It is a fun and interactive project intended to introduce pupils to the contemporary justice system.

three young pupils in a courtroom

The project consists of two free, fully facilitated sessions with NCCL; the first takes place in school, the second at the Royal Courts of Justice, in the Strand, where students are given the opportunity to act out mock trials they wrote in school in a real court of law. Pupils will not only consider the consequences of a crime on the perpetrator but also the impact of the crime on its victim(s) and the community.

The aims of this initiative are to improve young people’s understanding of the consequences of their actions as citizens; improve their knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system; assist achievement and skills by improving learning outside the classroom and most importantly, engage children in active citizenship in their own communities. Students also get to see barristers and solicitors putting the law into practice in one of the country’s most iconic and prestigious buildings.

For further information contact Georgia Freckleton, Schools Development Manager at the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law on 0207 947 7047 or emailgeorgia.freckleton@nccl.org.uk.

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