We are very pleased with how primary schools have responded to our investigator training, and how much fun the children have had, whilst learning about how the science learned in the classroom can aid the police in their investigations.
Our day starts with an introduction to the skills and abilities needed to be a police officer, and then moves on to discuss the use of science in police investigations.
The day is very interactive throughout, with the children taking DNA samples from each other, taking copies of their fingerprints, searching for "stolen" items, and culminates in the investigation of a crime scene, set up in the classroom by the trainer using various props.
The feedback we have received so far has been truly exceptional, with the children finishing the day very excited and more knowledgable about the link between schools and careers, and the link between science and the work place.
Teachers have recognised the fact that this session helps to demonstrate effective leadership, described in the OFSTED inspectors handbook as encouraging activities where the "school prepares pupils positively for life in modern Britain and promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect".
We are currently developing a package the will be fit for pupils from year 7 upwards, that we plan to roll out in the next school year. However, for the time being, we do have some space available between now and the summer break for any school that may be interested.
Please do get in touch either through this website, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, or see more information about the session here http://www.zakon.co.uk/courses/course/investigator...