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'A teaching framework for exploring and understanding criminal sentencing in England and Wales' published by Sentencing Council for England and Wales

A teaching framework for exploring and understanding criminal sentencing in England and Wales published by Sentencing Council for England and Wales has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources.

 

The resource aims to help pupils develop an understanding of how criminal sentencing works in England and Wales and give them the opportunity to try sentencing using interactive scenarios. The materials support citizenship teaching at key stages 3 and 4 and help pupils develop:

 

  • knowledge of sentencing laws and guidelines in England and Wales;
  • knowledge of the different types of court and sentencer;
  • understanding of how sentences are decided upon and the different types of sentences available; and
  • skills to develop an informed opinion through examining the current approach to sentencing in England and Wales.
  • This resource has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources. The ACT assessment panel said,

    "The Sentencing Council resource, ‘A teaching framework for exploring and understanding criminal sentencing in England and Wales’ offers practical materials for citizenship using crime scenarios and when teaching about the operation of law and justice. It provides a range of engaging activities that develop citizenship skills as pupils learn about the legal system and the role of courts and tribunals. The resource will help pupils build citizenship knowledge, understanding and skills about how the justice system works and the complex and challenging issues involved in sentencing fairly."

    The materials comprise a lesson framework, interactive sentencing scenarios, a simplified sentencing guideline and an overview chart of the whole criminal justice system. They are suitable for use at key stages 3 and 4 and are available to download free of charge from the Sentencing Council website.

     

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