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Crucial Crew

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Crucial Crew is a nationwide initiative which was first launched in 2005. It aims to teach year 6 pupils about personal safety and encourages them to become role models for younger pupils in demonstrating safe behaviour. Every primary school in Stockton-on-Tees is invited to take part in the event. 

The event includes six different scenarios throughout the morning or afternoon, which are led by a range of agencies. Each session will focus on a specific area of personal safety and will last approximately 15 minutes each.

The outcome is that pupils will leave the event with an awareness of how to stay safe and also how to pass the message of personal safety on to the younger members of their school community. 


What does it involve?

Every Primary School within Stockton-on-Tees is invited to spend half a day in September at the chosen location (within a 2 week time period), with the aim of working through a series of real-life scenarios related to personal safety, in a fun and creative way.

Each subject has a specific message and safety warnings which are there to help prevent injury and lower risk. The messages are delivered by qualified professionals, from a range of agencies, through presentations, scenarios, props and videos. 

The children work in small groups under supervision, during the half day session they tackle a host of educational scenarios. At the end of each scenario the children are briefed on how they respond to the challenge and are given helpful advice and tips to remember. 

Please note, transportation to the venue is not provided. Schools will need to organise their own way to and from the venue based on the allotted time slot.



Cleveland Fire Brigade – Fire Safety and Firework Safety

This session aims to address all aspects of Fire Safety including fire prevention and safety in the home, responding to a fire and building escape and the severity of hoax calls. This is displayed as a bedroom set up where pupils must identify the safety issues that could cause a fire. The firework session aims to address handling fireworks and safety issues around the use of fireworks e.g. proximity and handling.

Stockton Borough Council– Anti-Social Behaviour and Internet Safety

This session aims to address the criminal responsibility of pupils from the age of 10 and over. It focuses on the idea that they are now of prosecuting age and looks at the experience of being arrested and the consequences, for example, sentencing and secure centres for young people. A new element to this session for 2017 will also include an introduction to the dangers of drugs and alcohol including peer pressure and the legal ramifications of being caught with an illegal substance and will also address the conduct of young people online and how their behaviour can also lead to a criminal conviction.

Northern Powergrid – Electricity Safety

This session aims to provide an overview of electricity safety including the effects of high voltages, information about warning signs, and advice on actions to take in the event of an emergency, and will identify potential dangers relating to electricity. The proposed outcome of the session is that pupils leave with the knowledge of the key differences between household and high voltages and how to stay safe and avoid danger.

Stockton Borough Council – Road Safety

This session aims to get pupils thinking about their safety when on or near the road as a pedestrian or cyclist.  As well as looking at keeping safe it tackles the issue of distractions that they may experience in their daily lives.  Pupils are taken into the world of a cycle collision where they will play the part of Crime Scene Investigators to try and find out what happened.

RNLI – River Safety

This session is new to the programme for 2018 and aims to focus on how young people can stay safe near rivers and water with a particular emphasis on popular areas to visit around the borough including Stockton’s Watersports Centre, the Tees Barrage and Preston Park. The proposed outcome is that pupils will have more awareness of how to stay safe near rivers, what to do if they do get themselves into difficulty and who they can contact for help.


2018 Crucial Crew Events


Monday 03 September – Friday 14 September 2018


Billingham Adult Education Centre

Stockton Council Learning and Skills

Billingham Community Centre

The Causeway


TS23 2DA


AM and PM sessions each day.

9.30am -12:00pm

12:30pm - 3:00pm


Sign your School up now!

This year we have made signing up even easier!

Please click on the link below to complete the online booking form in full and click submit. You will then recieve a response from the Stockton Council Events Team confirming your allocation.

Date and time allocation is on a first come first served basis, we will always try to accommodate Schools where possible.

Complete the Crucial Crew Booking Form.