Learning about politics in school | Portsmouth High School

Learning about politics in school

We have a responsibility in schools to be apolitical. It is incredibly important that the personal views are not translated to pupils and that no allegiance or doctrine is promoted to them.

This, however, does not mean that we shouldn’t expect the girls to learn about politics. It is essential that they gain knowledge in this area so that they can form their own view and make their own decisions.

Many believe that young people have become alienated from politics and that they are, at best, disinterested. After all aren’t they only interested in the latest game or newest toy? The general election last week proved that this isn’t the case in our school or the GDST as a whole. I was impressed by the breadth of knowledge and the thoughtful approach that they brought to any discussion on the topic.

Year 6 spent time forming their own political parties and had to decide on their own flagship policies, a real insight into their minds and varied views. Year 5 followed the election build up every morning on Newsround and Year 3 even held their own mock election. It was a hot topic in all years and I was asked several times who I supported, which sparked interesting discussion on confidentiality and the right to a secret ballot.

Physical pursuits have been the order of the week. The Venture Award at the weekend saw members of Year 5 and 6 camping and trekking at QE park. As is always the case the instructors commented on the quality and behaviour of our girls and it was a pleasure to see them so enthused in all the activities they were involved in. Several went from there to the sea on Monday as Year 5 had a great week of sailing out on The Solent. No one can say that our girls are not resilient.

I am very much looking forward to the May Fayre tomorrow and hope to see many of you there. The PSA have worked incredibly hard to put it all together and it is bound to be a wonderful celebration.

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