Hillsborough Petition PRESS RELEASE
South Wirral High School are petitioning to get the Hillsborough disaster into the National Curriculum in Citizenship lessons. A high-quality citizenship education provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for an active part in society. It should promote awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. We need 10,000 signatures, at least, but are aiming for 100,000 when it will be considered for debate in Parliament. We want every child in the country to learn the truth about the events that day so that no child grows up with misconceptions about Hillsborough.
We want to educate the children of our nation, in an era where the power of media has never been more palpable. Children need to consider the information they receive in the press, not just about the disaster itself. Critical thinking is a vital skill and children will need it to make considered and informed decisions about their lives and within the
political arena, in a world filled with mixed messages.
Mr Jones, Head of Geography and Citizenship, was interviewed by Radio City 96.7.
“For the past four years we’ve held a Hillsborough day here at the school – that day involves four lessons, on the truth, the fight for justice, the legacy, the role of the media and the aftermath of the disaster.”
The lessons were backed by the Hillsborough families including Margaret Aspinall, mother of James Aspinall who died at Hillsborough, who personally attended the lessons. Mr Jones: “Margaret said, it’s brilliant that the fact that people here know an awful lot, but it needs to be across the whole of the country. This year I decided that I would start the petition so that all young people learn the truth and more importantly the legacy of the 96 live on.”
The idea is to incorporate lessons on the Hillsborough disaster into existing PSHE lessons,
“In our legacy lesson, we look into the impact that the disaster had on Football Stadia, one the idea of the truth and here we have our South Wirral independent enquiry. What the students do is look at the evidence of the day and they come up with their own enquiry, and that’s how we like to teach it, through critical thinking.”
“It’s about the students becoming independent learners. The response from the children is emotional.”
Often they’ve heard snippets of information, but when they look into the issues in such depth. They get a real sense of what Hillsborough is all about, the kind of fight the families have had, and they come away with a real sense of being part of a community that cares, and fought for truth and justice.”