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@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)

Saltley Academy, Birmingham
Open to guests 09:30 & 11:00
23rd April and in school until 17th July 2009

Saltley Academy became our third partner school in September 2014. The school was re-launching, looking for ways to improve their cultural offer to their students, looking for ways to make their teaching more creative and more engaging.

Our network of schools were keen to find creative responses to the Department of Eduction's requirement that they teach British Values to their students. An edition of the Steps Series felt like a good high profile, impactful and playful way to engage with this material. St. George's Day looked like a good day, St. George seemed like an interesting route into this challenge. St. George wasn't born in England, never visited the country and yet is its patron saint - he is also the patron saint of other countries, regions and cities. As we share lots of our British values with lots of other countries this seemed a neat parallel to draw.

Each of eight Year 7 classes took responsibility for a different moment in history and each moment was chosen to encourage discussion around one or more of the five British Values identified as needing to be taught by schools: equality, freedom of speech, tolerance, the rule of law and community.

Scene 1: Signing the Magna Carta.
Scene 2: Discovering the Gunpowder Plot.
Scene 3: Suffragettes at the Derby.
Scene 4: Ramblers demand the right to roam.
Scene 5: Sheltering in an Underground Station during the Blitz.
Scene 6: Playing village cricket.
Scene 7: Celebrating the Queen's Jubilee.
Scene 8: Slaying the Dragon.

Photo Credits: Ming De Nasty

Devised by Year 7, Saltley Academy
With: Simon Ford, Denise Stanton, Jack Trow and James Yarker
Graphic Design: Simon Ford
Activity sheets: Year 7 with Denise Stanton and Mr. Bentley
Photos by: Graeme Braidwood and Ming De Nasty
Produced by Mr. Weir and Andrew Fox
Commissioned by Saltley Academy

St Georges day celebration

There were St Georges day celebrations of a different kind at one of the Birmingham schools caught up in the so-called Trojan Horse affair. This time last year, Saltley was failing and placed in special measures,. It's now run as an academy, and pupils spent St George's Day showing off a project to explain and promote British Values.

Posted by BBC Midlands Today on Thursday, 23 April 2015

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