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From feminism to fake news

7 December 2021

Westminster City School sixth formers took over teaching today, running a series of interactive workshops about feminism with our younger students.

During our Michaelmas term’s PSHCE dropdown day, and as part of our Sixth Form’s Anti-Sexism Focus Group, Year 12 students led Year 8 classes in discussions and evaluations around issues related to sexism in schools. Working in small groups, our Year 8 students were asked to analyse a range of challenging statements and then report back to the class on their views, which resulted in some powerful conversations amongst our students.

As part of our Personal Social Health Citizenship Education (PSHCE) curriculum, all Westminster City School students have taken part in a day of lessons and workshops covering topics that impact on our lives today. For younger students, as well as looking at feminism, subjects have included identifying fake news and keeping safe online, awareness of gambling and the effects of drugs. For our older students, topics have covered understanding what extremism is, knife crime, gender bullying and domestic abuse.

Ms Tilsley, from our Religious Studies Department, explains: “At Westminster City School, our PSHCE education allows our students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. Through the provision of up-to-date, unbiased and balanced information, our students are empowered to address their current experiences and prepare for their future lives in a modern Britain.

“I’m delighted that this term’s PSHCE dropdown day also enabled our sixth formers to get more involved, leading informative workshops with our Year 8 classes. This was a valuable experience for all involved, as our sixth formers built leadership skills and improved their public speaking, while our younger students got to learn from, and be inspired by, their older peers.”

Pictured, above, our some of our Year 8 students working on their task with a current sixth former.

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