SecEd's January research round-up includes managing risks related to knife crime, social mobility in higher education and a link between anxiety and eating disorders in girls...

Pupils aged 12 and 13 should be given lessons on how to manage anger in a bid to reduce knife crime.

A report by the Innovation Unit, an independent think-tank, highlights the fact that some young people are growing up in “chaotic” environments where conflict and violence are “normalised”.

It recommends that single-sex PSHE resources should be developed to help year 8 students (girls as well as boys) become “more risk-aware” and better able to manage aggression, hostility and conflict.

As well as interviewing 350 young people, parents, adult offenders and youth and faith leaders, the authors spoke to 326 primary and secondary teachers in Greater Manchester, where knife crime increased by 89 per cent between 2015 and 2018.

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