Parents' and Teachers' Notes

The Crown Prosecution Services National Schools Project was first developed in 2007 by staff at CPS Derbyshire for their local schools in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council. Based on the National Citizenship Curriculum the pioneering lesson package teaches young people between the ages of 11 and 16 about the criminal justice system.

Read more about the Citizenship lesson plans.

The content on this website relates to the areas of the National Curriculum listed below.

Key stage 1

The information for five to seven year olds on this website relates to the following sections of the National Curriculum:

Citizenship Key Stage One non-statutory content - summary of curriculum content relating to this resource

Knowledge, skills and understanding: Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities.

1. Pupils should be taught:

  • To recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair, and what is right and wrong
  • To recognise choices they can make, and recognise the difference between right and wrong
  • To agree and follow rules for their group and classroom, and understand how rules help them
  • That they belong to various groups and communities, such as family and school
  • What improves and harms their local, natural and built environments and about some of the ways people look after them
  • Rules for, and ways of, keeping safe, including basic road safety, and about people who can help them to stay safe.

During the key stage pupils should be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through opportunities to:

  • Consider social and moral dilemmas that they come across in everyday life [for example, aggressive behaviour, questions of fairness, right and wrong, simple political issues, use of money, simple environmental issues]
  • Ask for help [for example, from family and friends, midday supervisors, older pupils, the police]

Find out more about the key stage one curriculum relating to citizenship issues

Key Stage 2

The information for 7 - 11 year olds on this website relates to the following sections of the National Curriculum:

Citizenship Key Stage Two non-statutory content - summary of curriculum content relating to this resource

During key stage 2 pupils learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions.

2. Pupils should be taught:

  • That there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, at school and in the community, and that these can sometimes conflict with each other
  • To reflect on spiritual, moral, social, and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people's experiences
  • What democracy is, and about the basic institutions that support it locally and nationally

Find out more about the Key Stage 2 curriculum relating to citizenship matters

Key Stage 3 and 4

Information for 11 - 18 year olds

The curriculum relevance of each activity in the website is detailed in the Teaching notes.

The Citizenship Project developed by CPS Derbyshire has put together detailed lesson plans and resources that can be downloaded.

The lesson has been designed to be delivered in two one hour sessions.  Lessons one and two are designed to cover the curriculum for mainstream students.

The material developed can also be used for students with special needs or social inclusion groups.

The complete lesson plans including detail of how the content interacts with the national curriculum and background information for teachers can be found in the lesson plan pdf.

Download the detailed training pack PDF 589KB

In order to access the resource information you need to:

  1. Download the training pack
  2. Select the applicable lesson
  3. Download and print the resources

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Criminal Justice Resources on YouTube

Follow the Crown Prosecution Service on YouTube

Follow the Ministry of Justice on YouTube

Criminal Justice Websites


GOV.UK have a section for young people all about crime:

Visit the GOV.UK information for young people about crime


There is also internet safety advice for children:

Visit the 'thinkuknow' internet safety advice for children website from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

Victim Support

The charity Victim Support has a website for young victims of crime which tells them how to get support.

Visit the Victim Support are you OK? website

Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board works to prevent offending and re-offending by children.

Visit the Youth Justice Board website

Websites of interest

Citizenship Teacher

Citizenship Teacher is a unique online resource for anyone involved in Citizenship teaching. The libraries house an ever-growing collection of lesson plans and resources, all created by working teachers, as well as integrated video clips and computer-based (or 'whizzy') tasks.

Visit the Citizenship Teacher website

Institute for Citizenship

The Institute for Citizenship is an independent charitable trust whose aim is to promote informed, active citizenship and greater participation in democracy and society through a combination of community projects, research, education and discussion and debate.

Visit the Institute for Citizenship website