Acle Academy

How schools are discussing Ukraine crisis with pupils

Acle Academy staff encourage an open dialogue around the crisis in Ukraine and encourage pupils to turn to trusted sources around the issue.

Staff at Acle Academy dress in yellow and blue to show their solidarity for Ukraine

Helen Watts, Principal of Acle Academy, said the school was encouraging an open dialogue around the crisis and encouraging pupils to turn to trusted sources around the issue.

She said: "I think one issue we've found is with secondary school pupils they hear a lot of things through social media. They are seeing videos of helicopters and bombs all over TikTok and are being convinced it is going to be World War Three.

"We've been teaching them about what trusted sources are and encouraging them to think critically about the issue.

"We know that social media can lead the way in understanding, but really it is just one big game of Chinese Whispers, so we're trying to address some of these misconceptions.

"We've also been reshaping our history and geography lessons to try and give them a bit of context around what is happening, why it is happening and how to get a better understanding of it."

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