In a bid to reduce knife crime in England and Wales, pupils are receiving lessons in anti-knife crime before they break up for the summer holidays.

The lessons are being provided by the Home Office and are being added to the end of term activities which usually consist of school trips, sports days and concerts.

The aim is to reduce the risk of knife crime occurring over the summer break.

The lessons tell young people that it’s a myth to believe it’s safer for them to carry a knife.

Victoria Atkins, the crime minister, says young people need to keep safe from an increase in serious violence.

Safety lessons on how to reduce the risk of being stabbed

And now secondary schools are giving safety lessons to pupils on how to reduce the risk of being stabbed.

The lessons are aimed at those aged between 11 and 16 years old and warns them not to believe everything that they read on social media.

They also tell youngsters that it is false to believe that most young people now have a knife and that carrying a weapon is a form of self-defence.

The lessons also tell teenagers about gang culture and how their futures could be ruined if they get involved in violence and knives and how they should resist peer pressure to use them.

The anti-knife lessons are part of the personal health and social education classes with the Home Office providing information to subject specialists.

The move follows an increase of 22% in knife crime in England and Wales over the past year, says the Office for National Statistics.

Number of high-profile stabbings taking place in London

There are now nearly 40,000 offences that involve a sharp instrument or a knife with a number of high-profile stabbings taking place in London involving young people.

Indeed, last month, the government says that more than 4,400 injuries from sharp objects lead to people visiting hospitals to be treated, which is an increase of 22% compared with incidents two years ago.

The anti-knife lessons are also aiming to deter young people from carrying knives and also to reduce the incidents of serious violence as part of a wider Home Office strategy.

Ms Atkins explained: “The summer holidays can be dangerous for young people and we are determined to do everything we can to give them the tools and resilience they need to keep them safe and enjoy the summer break.”