Having spent some previous lessons doing some critical thinking and before preparing to turn their attention to Outer Space in the next meeting, our Year 8 Academic Scholars paused to ponder the nature of Democracy.
In a session led by our Head of Politics, Mrs Powis-Holt, and via some fast–paced and exciting exercises, the pupils visualised and debated the kind of systems they might use to run the ‘imaginary island’ they had found themselves marooned on. Tired of “being told what to do by their leader”, and frustrated that their opinions were being ignored, they argued for change. But to what? And how democratic were the options they were trying out?
The lesson forms part of the Scholars Programme which includes workshops and lectures overseen by our Head of Academic Scholarship, Mr Cavendish.