14th March 2023
Little Ilford School joins national campaign to promote legal literacy in the classroom
From the 13th to the 24th of March, pupils at Little Ilford School will join tens of thousands of young people across schools in England and Wales to take part in ‘The Big Legal Lesson’.
In its fourth year, the national campaign by Young Citizens aims to help teachers start a conversation about the law in schools.
Sponsored by Mischcon de Reya and supported by The Law Society, The Big Legal Lesson provides teachers with free resources to confidently introduce legal concepts to young people for the first time. The resources explore what the law is, who has the power to change the law, and how these changes affect society.
Over 150,000 students have taken part in the campaign since 2020, with thousands more expected to take part this year.
Andrew Finn, Headteacher at Little Ilford School, stated: “'As educators, we have a responsibility to equip our students with knowledge that will help them become responsible and informed citizens. By joining The Big Legal Lesson campaign, we are providing our pupils with an opportunity to learn about the law and how it impacts their lives. We are proud to be a part of this important initiative and believe it will help our students become more confident in their legal literacy.”
Ashley Hodges, Chief Executive of Young Citizens, said: “Every young person should understand their rights, responsibilities and the rule of law, whether or not they go into legal careers. With the support of Mishcon de Reya and The Law Society, we hope The Big Legal Lesson 2023 will light the spark of legal education for thousands of learners across England and Wales.”
Samantha Kakati, Partner at Mishcon de Reya said: “We are delighted to continue supporting the important work of The Big Legal Lesson. Its role in providing all of our young people access to the knowledge and tools to understand and engage meaningfully with our legal, political and social systems is critical. The free resources that The Big Legal Lesson provides support teachers in making a direct and powerful impact on legal literacy, which equips students to develop their skills and realise their potential wider contributions to society.”
More information about the Big Legal Lesson can be found on the Young Citizens website.
Join the conversation on Twitter by tagging @YoungCitizensUK and using #TheBigLegalLesson.
- Miss S Akhtar