STUDENTS have been getting to grips with crime and a future career in understanding it better.
Sixth form psychology pupils from The Blyth School Community College took part in a one day conference on ‘Exploring Crime’.
The trip for the Year 12 and 13 students had been organised by teachers Jen Wardley and Katy Johnson as a way of bringing the subject to life, and giving them a better understanding of how psychology, when applied in real life solutions, can help people.
Practising psychologists, including David Holmes and Kerri Nixon, were on hand to talk about making the link between theories and how putting theories into practice can benefit individuals and society.
Jen said: “We hoped the conference would create an environment in which students would gain a better understanding of the application of classroom based theories and experiments and in particular their relevance on everyday life.”
A number of students were left shocked when they listened to a lecture on ‘honour based violence’, saying it has raised their awareness on the subject and the attempts to end the practice.
Student Megan Lynn said: “I really enjoyed the lecture on Honour based violence. It was interesting to hear it discussed so openly as it is often seen as a taboo topic within our society.”
Jen added: “All the students enjoyed the event, particularly meeting sixth formers from other schools and having the opportunity to discuss the subject area with them.
“Many said that the use and application of research data to gain further knowledge and ultimately as a way of helping people had been of particular interest to them.
“Students also felt that examples given by the experts of work they had themselves been involved in could provide them with useful sources of evidence when preparing for their end of year exams.
“Events such as this help to prepare students for university by giving them a taste of the level of presentation they would hear. Listening to an expert in his or her field offers them the opportunity to practice their deciphering skills in order to identify and record key points.”
Since the event a number have expressed an interest in studying psychology at university.