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Noughts and Crosses

21 November 2018


Boys in the 6th Form have been studying the book Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman in their English lessons this term.

The story is set in a parallel universe where black people, known as Crosses, are seen as the ‘superior’ race and white people, known as Noughts, are not treated equally; they have limited human rights, education, and are often extremely poor.

From studying the text, the boys were asked to imagine what it would be like to live in this world. From their discussions, they created political parties that would champion the rights of all people and help solve the problem of racism in this world.

The boys devised some interesting ideas of how to combat racism and inequality and explained how they would educate and promote their cause to create a more equal way of living for the citizens. Click here to read their manifestos in detail.

Head of English, Mr Evans, judged their party manifestos and said:

‘My personal favourite group would be the Dankers - BWP, I think they have the most accessible leaflet; there was a lot of information there, organised well. Their video also showed a good level of collaboration. However, I will say that I am not a fan of their slogan: Inequality leads to equality... I feel they're overlooking a lot of complexity with this tag line.

The LS Croughts had the best tag line - I can imagine "Think now, Act now, Equality will come now" being chanted in street rallies around the great nation of Pangaea.

I note that INEQ are the only group to stand up for the rights of blue people, which is admirable. They had set their ideas out quite well on their leaflet, but at times, the information could be repetitive. I think their party name also seems to give subliminal support to the notion of INEQuality, as opposed to equality...’


6th Form read Noughts and Crosses