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How I… Teach political literacy in a balanced way

As conversation topics to avoid go, politics is right up there, especially in schools, where staff are explicitly advised by the Department for Education not to express political views.

But ignoring the topic altogether does our students an enormous disservice, says maths teacher Nathan Burns, and leaves them unprepared for a fundamental part of life. He explains how he explores politics in a balanced way with his classes

What made you decide to explore political literacy with students?

We’re always drumming into our students the importance of English and maths, of a modern foreign language for job opportunities, or history and geography to build the critical thinking skills required

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