Guns Gangs and Knives


Training staff

  Indicator Guidance
How is it ensured that staff meet the college’s expectations in tackling and preventing GGK issues?

Creating a safe environment

  Indicator Guidance
In what ways does the college’s code of conduct /policy statement set clear behavioural standards and boundaries, and how is this co

Developing a relevant curriculum

  Indicator Guidance
How does curriculum planning take account of the GGK agenda?

Engaging with learners and parents/guardians

  Indicator Guidance
In what ways does the college ensure that the ‘learner voice’ is heard in relation to GGK?

Working with other agencies

  Indicator Guidance
What links does the college have, and how effectively does it work collaboratively with, other organisations, both statutory and voluntary, that are involved in the GGK agenda?

Values-led leadership

  Indicator Guidance
1.1 How do members of the governing body and the leadership team ensure that they understand the GGK issues that affect the local community?


This Guidance presents a wide range of examples of effective practice that colleges have used when tackling and preventing problems relating to guns, gangs and knives. These are drawn from the LSIS research carried out in 2009, for which staff and learners at nine colleges in England were interviewed. To read case studies of the nine colleges, go to ‘Case studies’.
The Guidance is based on the same six Indicators as the Self-assessment tool and can also be accessed directly from there.  

Self-assessment tool

The self-assessment tool is designed to help colleges to assess their commitment and approach to tackling the guns gangs and knives (GGK) agenda through education as an integral part of their commitment to community cohesion.
The tool is in portable document format (pdf) and can be downloaded by clicking the link below (control click to open in a new window).
Edits to the document may be saved, and the document may be distributed to others in your organisation to enable an organisation-wide review of your curre

Case studies

These case studies describe some of the ways in which colleges have responded to and prevented problems surrounding guns, gangs, and knives in colleges and their communities. They are based on face-to-face interviews with members of staff, and in some cases learners, at the colleges.
Follow the links below to view the case studies (control click to open in new window).
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