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County Schools Challenge

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The County Schools Challenge is a
partnership project run across secondary schools in Northamptonshire

Each year, it helps thousands of pupils
lean about important social issues while teaching them invaluable skills. 

With a different theme each year, pupils
use a business approach to raise awareness and develop creative ways to tackle
a social problem. There is a different theme each year and most schools aim the
challenge at Year 8 or Year 9 pupils.

Most schools then carry out an in-house
competition to identify a team to go forward to showcase their idea to a panel
of judges at a ‘Dragons Den’ style semi-finals and grand final.  

Organisers are now accepting
participants for this year’s competition which is focusing on preventing knife crime.

Previous topics

Keeping 12 to 16 year old road users safe

Drugs and Psychoactive Substances

Healthy Relationships 


Alcohol Harm

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Hate Crime

One Punch Can Kill

Anti-Social Behaviour



Why You Should Get Involved?

The County Schools Challenge aims to
encourage students to think about the causes and consequences of people’s
actions and identify solutions or prevention strategies. 

It recognises the valuable role schools
play in promoting messages that have a society-wide benefit and enables
agencies to listen to and learn from young people. 

The students gain valuable skills such
as delivering presentations, working in teams, finance planning, and
undertaking research. 

The County Schools Challenge is can be
used to help your school meet its objectives within PSHE, and the Ofsted
inspection of safeguarding.  

How The County School
Challenge Works

We will launch the challenge in your
school, where you will be invited to showcase your best ideas within school
assemblies and lessons.

You can recognise the work of your
pupils through your own internal arrangements such as award ceremonies and

Your school will be invited to put
forward a team to our semi-finals and a World of Work Experience that will be
held at Northamptonshire Police’s headquarters at Wootton Hall on June 25 and June 26,

As well as presenting their ideas to a
panel of judges, students will be able to take part in interactive events and
have tours of key aspects of Northamptonshire Police.

The top eight schools from the
semi-finals will present their idea and business plan in a ‘Dragon’s Den’
format to a panel of business, public sector and community leaders, with prizes
and certificates for those taking part. 

The final will take place on July 8, 2019, at The Castle
Theatre in Wellingborough.  

Previous winning schemes have resulted
in funding and implementation across the county and in some cases, circulation

The 2015/16 winners were featured on BBC
Look East. 

The County Schools Challenge team will
work with the winners to get the best long-term outcomes, providing great
experience for your school and members of the winning team.

What Do We Hope To

The aim of this year’s challenge is to
enable thousands of students to gain a greater awareness of the dangers of carrying a
bladed weapon, help prevent knife crime and reduce the number of injuries
caused by using a bladed weapon .

Through debate and the development of
business / social enterprise solution, the following outcomes are expected:

taking ownership of the problem  

·         Greater awareness of the
potentially devastating effects of carrying knives (personal and legal)

A change
in attitude and culture towards knives and knife crime

schools and communities

Help to
raise awareness about this subject to a
wider audience across the county


What To Do Next

The first step is to let us know whether
your school will be rising to the challenge.

Email us at ncsc@northants.pnn.police.uk with
details of your school lead to arrange the County Schools Challenge launch in
your school.

Remember, all teams who take part are
winners, whether in their own classroom, year group, house or school, or indeed
at a county level. 

Every effort helps make Northamptonshire
a safe place for people to live, work and visit.

More information is also available by
calling County Schools Challenge
organiser Henny Cameron on 101, extension 345678. 

Social Media

can follow the County Schools Challenge on both Twitter and Facebook.


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