Students Turn Detective with Help from Durham Constabulary

October 2016

Students Turn Detective with Help from Durham Constabulary

PC Andy Quinn and Year 7 students.

Students in Year 7 were recently visited by PC Andy Quinn from Durham Constabulary as part of our new English initiative. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the techniques used in police investigation and ask PC Quinn a series of interesting criminological questions.

‘Forensic Linguistic Detectives’ sees students get involved in an investigative scenario. They are encouraged to use and improve their teamwork and organisational skills to uncover and identify the criminals via the use of social media. It is a beneficial way to develop students’ skills in language analysis and to raise awareness of safety online when using social networking. It also enabled PC Quinn to vocalise his experiences and specialist knowledge.

These types of educational visits are incredibly inspiring for students, both in terms of creative learning and also for introducing potential career options. Following this session, some of the students have expressed an interest in joining the Police services.

Durham Constabulary has always been incredibly supportive of our new and innovative educational schemes. Representatives have visited King James on a number of occasions, to raise awareness of local issues that can affect young people and the consequences that can occur as a result; and to seek opinions from the younger generation to help shape the future of our local community.

King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ