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YEAR 9 - 11 November 2021 The Blunt Truth Workshop


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11 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

The Blunt Truth Workshop- Thursday 18 November

As part of our safeguarding and personal development curriculum, we are pleased to be able to offer all students in Year 9 an opportunity to experience ‘The Blunt Truth’ Workshop. This is a workshop aimed at students in secondary school, to help them understand more about knife crimes and first aid. The workshop has been created by NHS doctors alongside our youth engagement officer from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, PC Kris Withers.

The workshop will be delivered in small group sessions during the school day on Thursday 18 November. Please read the details on the next page about the workshop so you know what is involved.

We trust that you will want your child to engage in this one-hour workshop in school. However, if you have any concerns about this, please get in touch with Ms Murphy-Piper dpiper@orchard.tila.school or Mr O’Donovan fodonovan@orchard.tila.school to discuss further.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Fields?

Assistant Headteacher


‘The Blunt Truth’ workshop?

The NHS and Avon and Somerset Police have collaborated on a workshop called The Blunt Truth.

  • The aim of this one-hour workshop is to:
  • Understand the impact of knife crime
  • Learn about FEARLESS (the youth arm of Crime Stoppers)
  • Know how to report through the police, the school or FEARLESS if they suspect that someone they know is carrying a knife or a weapon in order to prevent assaults involving knives or weapons from ever taking place
  • Learn some first aid – how to treat a serious bleed

The Blunt Truth workshop involves showing a film, made by young people. We need to let you know that it depicts implied violence and some of the characters use swear words. 

The workshop organisers have considered the language very carefully. They say, “We wanted to make the film authentic so that young people can relate to it and don’t feel preached to.” The language used lends to this authenticity and is not gratuitous.

There are also scenes within a hospital and treating an injury.

Following the showing of the Blunt Truth film there will be group discussions with pupils about knife crime and the film they have just seen, as well as information provided on how to report safely to the police, their school or through FEARLESS (CrimeStoppers) should they know someone is carrying a knife.

Your child will also take part in a practical first aid lesson written by Accident and Emergency NHS staff on how to treat a bleeding victim, giving them real life, valuable first aid skills.

You have the right to withdraw your child form the workshop. Please contact your Head of Year or Pastoral Manager.