Learning to be good citizens

Golden Flatts school pupil Kieran Dunning and classmates pictured with Stuart Simpson and Danielle Hudson of Cleveland Fire Brigade during the event at the school.
Golden Flatts school pupil Kieran Dunning and classmates pictured with Stuart Simpson and Danielle Hudson of Cleveland Fire Brigade during the event at the school.

PRIMARY school pupils have taken part in a project that aims to tackle anti-social behaviour and promote good citizenship.

Golden Flatts Primary School, in Seaton Lane, Hartlepool, was the latest venue for The Good Citizen Day initiative which is organised jointly by Hartlepool Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and Cleveland Police with support from a range of other organisations, including Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The idea of the event is to encourage social learning, at the same time as promoting good behaviour in and out of school time.

Staff spent a day working with pupils to consider how the behaviour of some people, both young and old, might at times be viewed as anti-social, and how this can be prevented.

Much of the day centred on role play, with pupils taking part in a range of scenarios covering issues such as dropping litter, throwing stones at moving vehicles, setting fires and graffiti.

Anti-social behaviour officer Sue Grey said: “The day went really well and the children were very enthusiastic and contributed well.”

Around 55 pupils from the school took part in the initiative.

Headteacher Sue Sharpe said: “It was a very well organised day and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I would be keen to have the project back again.

“The initiative fits well with the curriculum work we do in school, particularly with regard to citizenship.”

Golden Flatts is the third school in Hartlepool to benefit from the day and it is intended to roll out the initiative to others over the coming months.