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9 March, 2007

Free Training for Magistrates' Competition

The Citizenship Foundation is offering free training for schools in Camden, Islington and Haringey who are new to the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition.

As part of our national development project which has so far supported schools in Yorkshire, Wales and Kent, we are offering free training to help new schools compete in next year's competition. Training includes in-school support with the entire process of the competition and a contribution towards supply cover.

Participating schools will also receive:

• Dedicated resources to help schools prepare for the pilot heat and competition – lesson plans, pro-forma letters, support in class and with administration

• Funding to help support school visits to a magistrates’ court

Participating schools will be able to take part in a pilot heat in July to gain confidence and practise preparing for the 2007/2008 competition.

In the competition, students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates Courts with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals. The competition supports the teaching of the citizenship curriculum at Key Stage 3 in a fun and interactive way.

The training is available during the spring and summer terms to help them prepare to enter as a new school in the 2007/08 competition. If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, contact Julie Gibbings by email (below) or on 020 7566 5032.

Further information

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