Stansted pupils take part in debate sessions over fairness, equality and prejudice

PUBLISHED: 11:11 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 17 September 2017

Forest Hall School pupils are taking part in a project looking at fairness, equality and prejudice. Picture: FOREST HALL SCHOO

Forest Hall School pupils are taking part in a project looking at fairness, equality and prejudice. Picture: FOREST HALL SCHOO

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Students at Forest Hall School, in Stansted, have been working on a project looking at fairness, equality and prejudice in society.

The Year 9 teenagers are involved with the Hope not Hate initiative, with weekly sessions challenging them to take part in debate and explore issues in different communities.

Andrew Easter, subject lead for humanities, said: “We want to make our students more rounded people so they can go out into the real world and contribute to society.

“The idea is to open their eyes and make them more aware of the world around them.

“The project also helps students to better understand politics which is of benefit when it comes to house elections within school.”

During the group’s first session, students took part in a trading game where each team was unknowingly given inadequate equipment for the task, forcing them to trade with their classmates.

Owen Jones, from Hope Not Hate, said: “The game is rigged so one team is destined to win from the outset to spark a discussion around fairness.”

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