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Bookings are now open for Safeside's innovative Key Stage 3 PSHE scheme, partly run by acting students at Birmingham City University. During a two-hour tour, secondary school pupils will witness a number of issues first hand such as antisocial behaviour, emergencies, shoplifting and peer pressure.

After an acted episode, BCU students lead pupils in a discussion of the issues encountered. Safeside Presenters also guide visitors around key safety scenarios such as the full size house, where they will discover a fire and learn about fire safety, a car, road crossing, canal and train.

'The amount of stuff covered in a 2 hour tour is incredible', said one visitor. 'What's great is it is also fun and non-judgemental, and pupils engage with it so much more than they would in a classroom environment'.

The Lifeskills drama scheme runs on Tuesday from November until March each year. Outside these times an equally enjoyable interactive guided tour called NGAGE is offered by trained Safeside Presenters. Both Lifeskills and NGAGE programmes incur a charge of £6 a head which helps to cover staffing costs.

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