In recent times, the media have reported increased numbers of knife-related incidents nationally and this has been mirrored by a number of incidents in West Yorkshire and Kirklees. We share the concerns of parents and carers in relation to the risk faced by both young people who choose to carry knives and those around them. Head Teachers in every school in Kirklees are united in working towards educating young people of the dangers and consequences of knife crime. In collaboration with Kirklees Heads, West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Youth Offending Service, Ethos Academy Trust coordinates the ‘No Knives Better Lives’ initiative in Kirklees to support schools in remaining safe places for young people.
The DFE changed the exclusions code in August 2020 to capture weapon related incidents. These are now recorded as:
OW – Use or threat of use of an offensive weapon or prohibited item