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Stoke Crucial Crew

Evaluation Report 8th September - 23rd September 2008 Martin Leake House, TA Centre, Waterloo Road, Cobridge, Stoke On Trent

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“Ensure that more children, including disabled children, have access to activities such as Crucial Crew.� Staying Safe: Action Plan


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Introduction

September 2008

Dear Reader, Crucial Crew is a multi-agency safety event aimed at Year 6 (10 to 11 year olds) designed to provide children with life skills that will, in the future, help to keep themselves and others safe. It is generally accepted that children start to become more independent at this age and are often expected to cope increasingly on their own and deal with changes in their lives - such as a move to Secondary school. The aim of the Crucial Crew event is to raise each participant’s awareness of threats and dangers, in a fun and interactive way. They learn by experience to: •

React correctly to dangerous and threatening situations.

Avoid becoming a victim of an accident or crime.

Understand the role that the emergency and support services play, how and when to contact them.

Gain life skills that will help them, and others to be safe.

Be aware of the consequences of their own actions and how they may impact on others.

Stoke on Trent Crucial Crew operates for five weeks in each academic year. During this time more than 2,700 Stoke school children will attend. This evaluation relates to the event which ran from Monday 8th September to Tuesday 23rd September 2008 inclusive. The event is co-ordinated by the Children’s Safety Education Foundation (Registered Charity Numbers: 1103344 and SCO37714). The TA Centre, Cobridge, hosted the event. This venue provided an environment that is conducive to learning. The presentations take place in areas that were clearly segregated, allowing the children to concentrate and absorb the instructions and advice that is given to them. The agencies attending continually assess their presentation and question whether their messages need to change, in order to reflect current dangers to children. We know that children learn by ‘doing’ rather than being ‘told’. British Transport Police use an interactive ‘ghost box’ to teach the children how to be safe on the railways. The Safer City Partnerships used role play to deliver messages around anti-social behaviour. West Midlands Ambulance Service taught the recovery position, which they all practice, supervised by a skilled paramedic.

“The children really enjoyed the whole experience and learnt a lot of valuable information. This is definitely a programme that should be available to all Year 6’s. A fantastic experience for all.” Forest Park Primary School

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3 The Foundation has set out to measure understanding and reinforce key messages learnt on the day. The post course evaluation is completed and discussed. We talk about what happens after Crucial Crew and how the children have used their new found knowledge. I encourage them and their teachers to use the Crucial Crew Handbooks to remind them of safety issues and to support Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) delivery and their Healthy Schools Audit. My visit aims to remind them of the important and potentially life saving instructions they were given. Messages for life, not just the day. Many of the schools have embraced Crucial Crew and see it as an integral part of PSHE. In some instances they have created safety posters and collages for their corridors, re-enact what they have learnt in school assemblies and teach their families about safety and accident prevention. The full impact of the first event can be seen in this report. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Stoke Crucial Crew. Special thanks to the Safer City Partnership and Staffordshire Housing for funding the provision and distribution of educational resources, accommodation, transportation to and from the event and refreshments for the scenario providers. We would also like to thank Captain Kevin O’Riordan and his team at the TA Centre for their patience and support throughout the event.

Best wishes,

Luan Bott, Event Co-ordinator, Children’s Safety Education Foundation.

“A good range of informative, essential information, all delivered in a fun and practical way. Would definitely tell other schools and colleagues about it.” Grove Junior School


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Evaluation

September 2008

Pupil Questionnaire Analysis To ascertain a level of knowledge for the children that attend, they were asked to complete a pre-event evaluation test before the event, and a post-event test at the follow-up visit. The questions and the correct answers are shown on the following pages. A total of 1,318 children representing 35 schools attended the sessions between 8th September and 23rd September 2008. Of these 924 pupils completed the pre-event evaluation. 905 pupils completed the post-event evaluation. This represents students attending 25 of the 35 schools. The schools that provided data for this evaluation are indicated (  ) below.

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Abbey Hulton Primary





Ball Green Primary





Carmountside Primary





Eaton Park Primary





Forest Park Primary (NEW)





Goldenhill Primary





Grove Junior





Hanley St Luke's CE (A) Primary





Holden Lane Primary





Hollywall Primary





John Baskeyfield CE (C) Primary





Kingsland Primary





Maple Court Primary









New Ford Primary





Norton Primary





Our Lady & St Benedict RC(A) Primary





Packmoor Primary





Smallthorne Primary





Sneyd Green Primary





St George & St Martin's RC(A) Primary





St Joseph's RC(A) Primary





St Mark's CE (A) Primary





St Mary's RC(A) Primary





St Peter's RC(A) Primary





Burnwood Primary

Greenways Primary

Hillside Primary

Mill Hill Primary Milton Primary Moorpark Junior

St Mary's CE (A) Primary

St Wilfrid's RC(A) Primary Summerbank Primary Waterside Primary Whitfield Valley Primary

“This is loads better than learning about safety in the classroom practising resuscitation on the dummy was good� Pupil

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5 Evaluation: Children’s Questionnaire Question 1. What do you think is anti-social behaviour?

2. What would you do if your mate was being rude to someone in the street? 3. What is alcohol?

4. What organ in the body gets rid of alcohol?

5. How many children are admitted to hospital every day through alcohol?

6. How often should you check the smoke alarms in your home?

7. Two thirds of all fires in the home start in which room?

8. On average a closed door in a house will stop a fire from spreading for how many minutes? 9. What is the stopping distance for a car travelling at 70mph on a dry motorway? 10. What is the speed limit on the motorway for cars?

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Correct Answer Throwing stones at cars Swearing in the street Scratching your name on the park bench All of the above Laugh and join in Stay quiet and say nothing Tell them to stop and walk away Alcohol is a dangerous drug Alcohol is harmless Alcohol is not a drug Alcohol is a drug but is harmless Kidneys Liver Brain Heart 0 1 7 13 Daily Weekly Monthly Annually Living room Bedroom Kitchen Landing 5 15 25 35 15 metres 30 metres Half the length of a football pitch The whole length of a football pitch 60mph 65mph 70mph 80mph

“A very enriching and informative way of teaching the children essential life skills. A very enjoyable morning.” Waterside Primary School


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6 11. How far apart are the orange emergency telephone boxes?

12. How old do you have to be to buy a knife?

13. When is it ok to carry a knife for protection?

14. What is the length of time you can be sent to prison for carrying a knife? 15. When do they turn the electricity off on the railway?

16. Where must you always stand on the platform when waiting for the train? 17. Why is it important to put an unconscious person in the recovery position?

100 metres 500 metres 1 km 1 mile 14 years 16 years 18 years 21 years If it’s only to protect myself and not to use against someone else When you are over 18 Never As long as it can’t be seen as you are walking about Up to 6 months Up to 1 year Up to 2 years Up to 4 years Midnight Sunday Never Christmas Day In front of the yellow line On the yellow line Behind the yellow line On the edge of the platform To make them comfortable To roll them out of danger To keep their airway clear To stop their hair getting messy

Summary •

924 children polled pre visit.

905 children polled post visit.

Percentage refers to the number of children that answered each question correctly as a proportion of the total.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Q10 Q11 Q12 Q13 Q14 Q15 Q16 Q17 AVG

PRE-VISIT CORRECT % 77.60 90.36 48.08 48.76 41.80 32.92 74.44 41.28 15.12 35.32 37.84 54.16 62.08 18.52 54.80 88.12 61.80 51.94

POST-VISIT CORRECT % 90.96 91.88 81.88 82.72 90.12 83.04 94.36 66.92 56.20 62.68 67.60 65.64 83.76 51.68 91.80 95.80 87.92 79.12

DIFF % 13.36 1.52 33.80 33.96 48.32 50.12 19.92 25.64 41.08 27.36 29.76 11.48 21.68 33.16 37.00 7.68 26.12 27.17

“Everything that the children have learnt today could one day save their lives or somebody elses” Grove Junior


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7 Evaluation: Crucial Crew Objectives

September 2008

School Comments In order to assist the planning and improvement of future events, we canvassed the opinion of the teachers to assist with improving the scheme.

Objectives of Crucial Crew Please score how you consider the objectives were met. Circle your score 1 = very poor to 10 = very well I. React correctly to dangerous and threatening situations.

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IV. Gain life skills which may help them to keep themselves and others safe. Comment:

V. Be aware of the consequences of their own actions on the safety of others. Comment:

“Never mind the children, the staff have learned a lot today too!!! An excellent morning, full of fun activities - we all really enjoyed it. Thanks.� Abbey Hulton Primary


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8 Schools were asked to consider how the objectives of Crucial Crew were met. A total of 20 Teachers Questionnaires were returned, the results are as follows:-

i) React correctly to dangerous and threatening situations.

ii) Avoid becoming a victim of an accident or crime.

iii) Understand the role that the emergency services and support services play, how and when to contact them.

“We haven’t got a smoke alarm so I’m going to tell my mum to phone the fireman to get one - it’s free!” Pupil


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9 iv) Gain life skills that may help them to keep themselves and others safe.

v) Be aware of the consequences of their own actions and the safety of others.

“Excellent afternoon. Sharp, snappy, well paced and packed with useful information. Thank you.� Carmountside Primary


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Scenario Details

September 2008

A-one+ • Highlight the dangers of playing near to or on motorways. • Provide safety advice on what motorists and passengers should do in the event of a breakdown on the motorway network. • Explain the procedure to summon help from emergency/breakdown services by using roadside SOS phones. • Discuss the dangers and consequences of the placing or throwing of items onto the carriageway. • Bring to the attention of the children the distances required to bring a vehicle travelling at various speeds to a halt safely.

British Transport Police • Utilising purpose built equipment, the ‘track off’ scenario is aimed at educating young people about the dangers and consequences of Railway Crime.

Safer City Partnership • What is anti-social behaviour? • What are the consequences of anti-social behaviour to the community, family members and peers? • What the Safer City Partnership do to combat anti-social behaviour.

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service • Raise awareness of the dangers of fire. • Provide practical advice on fire prevention in the home. • Highlight the need for homes to be fitted with household smoke alarms. • Give advice on the upkeep and general maintenance of smoke alarms. • Encourage children to devise an escape plan for their own homes to assist themselves and other members of their families to escape in the event of a fire. • Highlight the dangers and possible consequences of hoax calls made to the emergency services.

“The railway man was ace - it’s too scary to play on the tracks.” Pupil

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11 Staffordshire Police • Illegal possession of knives and the consequences if caught. • General personal safety advice. • Preventing children becoming victims of crime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust • Provide information on first aid. • The recovery position. • Action to take in the event of finding someone in an unconscious state. • The procedure to follow when summoning assistance from the emergency services.

Young People’s Drug Project • Promote healthy lifestyles – highlight the dangers of alcohol and its misuse. • Demonstrate in a practical way one of the many effects of alcohol.

“Fantastic and informative morning. Lots learnt by all!” St George & St Martin’s RC(A) Primary


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Evaluation: Scenario Activities

September 2008

Please score the scenarios for effectiveness. 1 = very poor to 10 = excellent

A-one+ Motorway Safety

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“Messing with knives is sad, didn’t know you might get hurt yourself.” Pupil

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Individual Scenarios

September 2008

School representatives were asked to score each agency’s presentation from 1 to 10 for effectiveness. 25 out of 35 questionnaires were returned.

“Great participation by the children and information clearly went in. This must not be a one off event as lessons learnt are crucial to Y6 children every year. Congratulations to all involved in the organisation.” Jane Sawyers, Chief Superintendent, Staffordshire Police


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“I’m going to tell my dad next time we are on the motorway that it takes one football pitch to totally stop.” Pupil


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15 Evaluation: Logistical Aspects

September 2008

Teacher’s Comments In order to assist the planning and improvement of future events, we canvassed the opinion of the teachers to assist with improving the logistical aspect of the scheme.

Key Aspects of Crucial Crew Please score how you consider the following. Circle your score 1 = very poor to 10 = very good 1. What did you think of the transportation?

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“It was very enlightening and pitched at the right level for the children. We must follow this up.” Lord Mayor, Councillor Derek Capey


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16 Teachers were asked to consider how the key logistical aspects of Crucial Crew, the results are as follows:-

1) What did you think of the transportation?

2) What did you think of the venue?

3) What did you think of the briefing?

“I didn’t know you were supposed to test your alarm once a week - we never test ours!” Pupil


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17 4) What did you think of the educational resources?

5) What did you think of the event overall?

“Fabulous! Real child centred and pro active. The sessions had a real impact on the children - Thanks!� Maple Court Primary School


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Educational Resources

September 2008

Stoke On Trent Crucial Crew Handbook

Every child that attends Crucial Crew receives a copy of the Crucial Crew Handbook. The handbook addresses a number of key topics including Safety at Home; Electricity; Water; Beaches; Building Sites; Roads; Health and Fitness; First Aid; Bullying and Drugs. The handbook is specially designed to involve parents, teachers and children in projects, activities and coursework, so it entertains whilst it educates. It also addresses key elements of PSHE and Citizenship.

Curriculum Coding The broad National Curriculum focuses of each section are shown below CONTENTS English Science 1 Safety at Home  2 Road Safety   3 Making a 999 Call  4 Fire Safety   5 Railway Safety  6 Water Safety  7 Electricity Safety   8 Gas Safety  9 Building Site Safety  10 Countryside Safety  11 Hate Crime  12 Disability Awareness  13 Drug Awareness  14 First Aid  The materials in this publication support teaching in the following National Curriculum Key Stage 2 Programmes of Study (DfEE Curriculum 2000) *Level B-C in Scotland

“I’ve had a wicked time!” Pupil

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“An excellent way to deliver a key aspect of the PSHCE curriculum, teaching key skills and aspects for the children to be safe, have respect and develop into responsible citizens.” Waterside Primary

“Absolutely fantastic! Very informative, interactive and raising awareness, which probably will keep pupils safe and save lives. Thoroughly enjoyable.” Hillside Primary

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