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2SMART roadshow hits Basildon

Over 800 11 and 12-year-old pupils watched the 2SMART roadshow, as it took anchor in Basildon today, Tuesday, April 27.

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Year seven pupils from schools across the district watched the 2SMART performers in action while learning important messages about how to be 2SMART for bullying, alcohol, knives and drugs.

Among the performers was Rich Johnson, one of the country's best mountain bike trick / trials riders, Kayzar Dance, exciting, friendly and dynamic dancers and Big Fen and A2W, who are two of the best basketball freestylers in the world.

Pc Chris Burch, a Safer Schools Partnership Officer in Basildon, said: “The show has really engaged the young audience and got them thinking about some really important issues that will affect every one of them as they grow up. It has also been great to chat to the children and teachers, and it has given them an opportunity to know me a bit more so they know who to come to if they do have any problems.”

Insp Kevin Whipps said: “One of the strengths of the show is how many young people we are able to reach. It is a chance to give them positive messages about taking the right path in life.

“It also gives them the chance to gain confidence in us helping to build a strong relationship between young people and the police.

“2SMART generates a real buzz and gives officers and young people something in common.”

2SMART is the Essex Police award winning project that covers Bullying, Alcohol, Drugs and Knife issues.  The project was previously known as ‘2 Smart 4 Drugs’, but now in recognition of growing  crime trends and keeping pace with young peoples education needs, the project has expanded to encompass the four key subjects as detailed above .

2SMART is a project which promotes Bullying, Alcohol, Drugs, Bullying and Knife awareness and education throughout the County of Essex. The project is supported and funded by a range of partners and is now in its fourteenth year.

Each year the 2SMART Roadshow is honed and improved to provide the best recipe of 90 minutes of lively, engaging and interactive education. It combines an interesting mix of music, dance, sport, comedy, theatre, and role model depiction to educate 11-12 year old children around the County of Essex.  The key use of theatre in education, role models and positive peer work engages young minds.

The project is rolled out across the entire county of Essex. Approximately 15,000 Year 7 school pupils aged 11-12 years old attended the roadshows last year and we are on target to achieve similar numbers this year. 

2SMART forms part of their personal social and health education programme at school in the curriculum.  Every school, pupil referral unit, excluded and special needs pupils  receives an invitation as well as young people working with youth offending teams and some home educators.



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