Democracy and diversity is on the agenda at Ely College's second PLEDGES and Futures day

PUBLISHED: 11:33 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 27 February 2017

Former Mayor of Ely, Cllr Lis Every visited Ely College as part of their second PLEDGES and Futures day. PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Former Mayor of Ely, Cllr Lis Every visited Ely College as part of their second PLEDGES and Futures day. PHOTO: Mike Rouse

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Ely College students explored themes of citizenship, democracy and British diversity at their second PLEDGES and Futures Day.

Former Mayor of Ely, Cllr Lis Every visited Ely College as part of their second PLEDGES and Futures day. PHOTO: Mike RouseFormer Mayor of Ely, Cllr Lis Every visited Ely College as part of their second PLEDGES and Futures day. PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Students from Years 7 to 10 took part in a range of sessions based on the overall theme of diversity, looking specifically at the campaign for universal suffrage in the UK, British identity and migration to the UK.

As part of the day students were treated to an assembly led by HOPE Not Hate, which advocates diversity and seeks to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities.

Former Mayor of Ely and current academy councillor, Lis Every, also visited the college as part of the day to work with Year 9s on the impact of local democracy and to teach them about her role as mayor.

Richard Spencer, Principal of Ely College, said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to see them all helping one another whilst developing their understanding of our modern British society.

Former Mayor of Ely, Cllr Lis Every visited Ely College as part of their second PLEDGES and Futures day. PHOTO: Mike RouseFormer Mayor of Ely, Cllr Lis Every visited Ely College as part of their second PLEDGES and Futures day. PHOTO: Mike Rouse

“PLEDGES and Futures days play a vital part in helping our students to develop key skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their lives and prepare them for life outside of the classroom.”

PLEDGES and Futures days were introduced to the college in October and are a vital part of the changes that are introduced to all schools in the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust family of schools.

PLEDGES are a set of curricular and extracurricular challenges that students are expected to complete during their education. By completing certain sets of challenges, students can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards in each PLEDGE category.

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