National Justice Museum
Workshops for citizenship and law
What types of activities and workshops can students look forward to taking part in on a school trip with National Justice Museum Education?
The majority of our educational workshops aim to educate young people about the legal justice system in a fun and engaging way. Our most popular sessions are our courtroom workshops such as Court in the Past and Court in Session, where students take on various roles as they create and act out a trial based on a real historical or contemporary case in a real courtroom. This even includes donning wigs and robes and sitting in the judge's chair, as learners take on the roles of judge, jury, barristers, witnesses and defendant. Groups can choose from a wide variety of themes including popular literary tales such as Goldilocks and well known historic cases such as the Blazing Car Murder trial and Suffragettes cases. We even have the option to 'Create your own case' based on a key text you are studying. The group will also be given the opportunity to suggest and discuss their own punishments if the defendant is found guilty! Where possible, we provide the opportunity for young people to meet with legal professionals to gain a deeper understanding of careers in law.
Apart from Citizenship can National Justice museum Education cover any other curriculum subjects throughout their venues?
Yes we believe so! Other subjects we cover include...
HISTORY: Our 'Court in the Past' historical courtroom workshops enhance history learning. We offer trials from numerous time periods and topics include Victorian Children, Suffragettes, Protests and more. 'Court in the Past' trials are available at our learning sites in Nottingham, London and the North West.
Visits to the National Justice Museum, (Nottingham) also provide a strong base for learning about the history of crime and punishment through time, prison reform and prison life. The spaces and collections within the Museum also lend themselves to activities such as Victorian CSI, archive workshops and object handling.
In Manchester we also deliver sessions through our partnerships with the Greater Manchester Police Museum and the People's History Museum to deliver crime and punishment workshops and suffragette trials.
In London we work in conjunction with the Museum of London and London Metropolitan archives to offer immersive historical enquiry workshops.
LAW: We give budding solicitors or barristers the opportunity to gain a unique insight into careers in the justice system and meet with legal professionals through our Q and A sessions and courtroom workshops . These sessions are delivered by professionals in the justice system (for example barristers, solicitors and court clerks) to widen access to the profession and inspire future careers in the law.
Q and A workshops are available in Nottingham, London and Manchester upon request.
GEOGRAPHY/GEOLOGY: An educational visit with our team at the City of Caves in Nottingham supports both the geography and history curriculum. Students learn more about the geography of settlement, the social history of the caves and even discuss the properties of rocks and the rock cycle. Available in Nottingham only.
ENGLISH: Our heritage sites (National Justice Museum and City of Caves in Nottingham) have even been used as a stimulus for creative writing projects! Workshops such as Characters in Court (NCCL London) have curriculum links with English, Speaking and Listening and Reading. These workshops help to develop skills such as debating and public speaking whilst helping to enhance knowledge of a particular story. Our education team in London at the Royal Courts of Justice have established strong links with Shakespeare's Globe Education and now offer special sessions such as Othello or Twelfth Night on trial.
BRITISH VALUES AND SMSC: We help promote understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty throughout our school and college workshops in all venues.
ENRICHMENT: Sessions support careers enrichment and develop social and interpersonal skills. Within our education sessions in London, Manchester and Nottingham we work with legal professionals such as barristers who share their knowledge and experience with students to help inspire the next generation.
We also get many visits from college and university students studying CRIMINOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY and PSYCHOLOGY.
Educational value is always important on a school trip, what will students gain from a trip with National Justice Museum Education?
Through our memorable, hands-on learning activities students will:
- • Discover unique cultural heritage sites
- • Enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- • Learn more about the law and justice system and increase their understanding of the different types of courts and how they work
- • Be empowered through an understanding of their role as active citizens
- • Develop a range of skills including critical thinking, historical enquiry, analysis, public speaking and debating
- • Increase aspirations and understanding towards careers in the legal sector
How does National Justice Museum Education inject fun into learning about Citizenship and Law?
By using real buildings, real objects and real people we inspire and motivate learners. The unique venues we work in such as the iconic Royal Courts of Justice and historic City of Caves inject life and stimulation into the learning experience. Through 'learning by doing' in the form of courtroom workshops, object handling, CSI and more we encourage students to engage with buildings and objects in new ways.
Depending on the venue, fun comes in many forms including exploring law courts, prison cells, police stations and caves and also being given the opportunity to dress in robes and wigs to role play court scenes.
Is a school trip to National Justice Museum Education suitable for all ages? Or would you say it's more aimed at certain age groups?
Sessions are suitable for learners from key stage 1 through to college and University level and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. More complex themes, such as wilful murder and capital punishment appear only in activities for older groups. Our learning programme can also cater for groups such as alternative provision, home schooled, youth groups and summer schools.
Who teaches your programmes at National Justice Museum Education? Are they ex-teachers?
All educational sessions are delivered by Learning Managers/Officers and education facilitators who are all experts in legal and heritage education. Some of the team have also worked in teaching roles in the past.
How long do sessions usually last? Is it just an hour or two and can schools do more than one session a day?
Our courtroom workshops last for 2 hours. At our Museum in Nottingham, schools can also choose to take part in a Museum or Caves workshop in additional to the courtroom trial to enjoy a full day of hands-on activities.
Full day programmes are also available in London and the North West in partnership with other museums and establishments such as The Museum of London and The Greater Manchester Police Museum.
Why is Citizenship such an important subject to teach to students? And how long have you been teaching this to students?
Our organisation, previously known as the National Centre for Citizenship and Law, has been delivering education sessions to students in Nottingham for over 20 years. Our programme in London has been running since 2010. The North West is our newest area, we've been running programmes in Manchester since 2014 and now we also work in Bolton. Each year we work with over 24,000 learners in total across all sites.
Citizenship is important because it helps prepare students for adult life and builds character. It promotes equality, justice, respect for others and democratic participation which in return can help to tackle social problems such as crime and deviance and youth unemployment.
Teaching citizenship supports learning about rights, the legal system, democracy, and the diverse nature of society today.
Citizenship education helps to enhance SMSC and equips young people to deal with situations such as conflict. It enables them to understand the consequences of their actions, and those of others around them. It encourages children to participate in civic engagement and therefore become active citizens who make a positive impact in their communities. Through citizenship education many skills are developed such as communication, critical thinking, initiative, and team working.