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Claires Court Maidenhead

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BBC Young Reporter 2019

Claires Court took part in BBC Young Reporter on Wednesday 6 March. Read the live updates below of our activity:

10:00 Newsdesk is open! senior girls reading newspapers  


12:00 News reportS

Knife crime lessons - by Maddy Dean
Schools are acting fast as knife crimes increase

Recently, schools have been teaching something new, how to deliver first aid to knife crime victims. Schools have noticed how many knife crimes there are and have decided to take action with first aid classes.

These classes include learning how to stop or slow down the amount of blood coming from the wound, how to calm the victim, how to clearly communicate with emergency services, and even how to get an unconscious body into recovery position, and giving CPR if the victim has stopped breathing.

The classes use visual props and dummies to show students science behind blood loss, and what to do in a real life situation. The aim of these lessons is to change the high risk of individuals dying from stabbing. StreetDoctors say that they have taught over 4,000 students and are aiming to teach more by the end of 2019.

Carl Ward, Chief Executive of City Learning Trust in Stoke, said: “They come and show you what a knife can do to the body — it makes it very real. Children are usually in quite a lot of shock.”

Students in their new class First Aid Bespoke Services

It is getting more vital and important that we take action on knife crimes, especially after two 17 year olds were stabbed to death in less than 24 hours.

It has been found out that in England and Wales in the year ending in March 2018 that there was 285 fatal stabbings, the highest record, that began in 1946. And already there has been 10 teenagers stabbed to death since the start of 2019.

Figures show a rise by a third in five years in the number of people admitted to hospital with stab wounds and most are under the age of 18 (more than 1 in 10 of the 5,000). And the percentage is up by 86% in the last 4 years.

So do you think that this is the right way to approach knife crimes, or not?

School's introduce a new subject! - by Charlie Mercer
New subject introduced as knife crime is on the rise

Christopher Furlong / GettyImages

As reported knife crime has met an all time high, schools are taking a new route to target the issue by giving their students lessons in how to deal with a stab wound or knife crime incident. Schools are targeting the core of the issue as teenagers are increasingly finding themselves affected by violence particularly knife crime incidents.

These classes are teaching the children how to stem bleeding and deliver first aid to the knife crime victims. In these classes they are taught the science behind blood loss, and the effects of knife crimes and what can be done about it. The classes also use visual props for example dummies to show students what to do in a real life situation. Carl Ward, Chief Executive of City Learning Trust, said: “They come and show you what a knife can do to the body — it makes it very real. Children are usually in quite a lot of shock.”

A total of 37 children and teenagers have been stabbed to death across England and Wales this year, making 2018 the worst year in a decade for knife crime. The aim of these lessons is to change the high risk of individuals dying from fatal stabbings and knife wounds .


This month, Youth Parliament has decided to raise awareness of knife crime violence, which will be one of the organisation’s main campaigns for next year. This will include the Street Doctors campaign running the lessons on knife crime. Already the Street doctors have taught over 4,000 students and are aiming to teach more by the end of 2019.

Last year as there were 285 fatal stabbings in the England and Wales alone and if nothing is done this number will continue to rise as in the last 24 hours two 17 years olds have been reported murdered under knife crime.

Gender pay gap - by Harriet Taylor-West, Alessandra Francesconi and Laetitia Parr

Gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly wage of men and women in the same institution. When looking at normative data it shows that women get paid less than men. For full time employees there is a 8.6% gap. London has the widest gender pay gap of 13.7%.(BBC News 7 April 2018). 

There are a lot of arguments on why gender pay gap is fair and not fair. People think it is not fair because more men are in higher paid jobs. There is an argument justifying that women take time out to have children which can affect this rather than people thinking that men should be paid more (, real reason behind gender pay gap). 

This debate has gone on for a long time and we think it's not going to stop anytime soon as it takes a lot to suddenly stop these big arguments.

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet.” - Beyonce

“I don't really understand why we are paid less than male actors because we put in equal efforts.” - Aditi Rao Hydari

“The reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred, before women can expect to be paid the same as men for their work.” - Emma Watson




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