Heathcote pupils had a special visitor as part of our awareness of democracy across the school. A key part of our school ethos is a commitment to “Fundamental British Values”, which focuses on democracy, tolerance, the rule of law, tolerance and mutual respect. To develop this learning we have monthly values to identify specific skills and characteristics to ensure Heathcote pupils are confident, capable, charismatic citizens.
On Friday 12th January, Heathcote welcomed Sir John Whittingdale, the MP for the Maldon area, so we could engage with discussion and debate regarding the country’s leadership at the highest level. Sir John met with our school council to discuss challenges facing the education system and spent time touring our school, attending assembly and meeting with families afterwards.
During our assembly, Sir John spoke about his role as a prominent MP and what happens day-to-day in parliament. He told the pupils that it was a little like our varied curriculum, in that one day he might be discussing world affairs and the next it could be something much smaller related to individuals in his constituency. The children found it fascinating to learn what happens in parliamentary discussions on topics they had seen on the news and we have started arrangements for the school council to visit parliament too. Heathcote has our second careers week later this term and Sir John has offered to come and talk in more detail about policy and practice relating to his role.
We appreciate your time Sir John, thank you!