Alsop supports proposal to include Hillsborough in the school curriculum

Alsop High School has welcomed a proposal by Ian Byrne MP that young people need to learn lessons from the Hillsborough disaster and the campaign for justice.

Since 2015 Alsop has marked Hillsborough through both special assemblies and lessons about justice. Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall CBE has been a frequent visitor to the school and has spoken about her work and the fact young people must never give up hope.

Margaret Aspinall CBE said: “It has been a great privilege to visit schools to highlight the campaign of Hillsborough families in our fight for justice. Young people at Alsop have always given me a warm welcome.

“We were thrilled that the school has a permanent memorial at the main reception area to remember the supporters who died. I welcome the proposal that young people learn lessons from Hillsborough and the resilience of families to uncover the truth.”

Margaret can be seen speaking at one of their Hillsborough Justice Days:

The school has a beautiful mosaic memorial to the Hillsborough disaster, which was dedicated by Bishop Tom Williams in 2016.

The memorial mosaic mural was designed by two local community artists who worked with children from partner primary schools. The stunning piece of artwork depicts HOPE in the form of red butterflies.

Mr Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby, has proposed an early day motion (EDM) to parliament. Mr Byrne was at Hillsborough and the EDM has received the support of 30 MPs.

The motion states: That this house acknowledges that, 32 years after the Hillsborough disaster, criminal trials collapsed in May 2021 and nobody has been held to account for the unlawful killings of 97 innocent people.

(It) acknowledges that it took 23 years of campaigning for the truth about the disaster to be finally acknowledged at the Hillsborough Independent Panel and for lies and smears about victims and survivors to be corrected.

(It) further acknowledges that it took 27 years for the true inquest verdicts of unlawful killing to be recorded.

(It) recognises the important work of the honourable member for Garston and Halewood (Labour’s Maria Eagle) in getting Parliament to learn lessons from the disaster and her work to introduce legislation that would ensure that bereaved families and survivors of future disasters never go through the injustices faced by the Hillsborough families and survivors.

(It) furthermore recognises the important role of education in learning the lessons from the disaster, and calls on the Government to include the Hillsborough disaster in the national curriculum, a programme of education which should cover the events of the past 32 years, the continuing campaign for justice and how we ensure the events of that fateful day are not forgotten and that the ensuing miscarriage of justice is never repeated.

Mr Peter Bull, head of RE at Alsop, said: “We believe that young people need to learn lessons from the Hillsborough disaster. We have been very privileged to welcome Margaret Aspinall to Alsop to share her inspirational story for justice. She faced so many obstacles in her fight for justice. The story of Margaret Aspinall and the fight for justice will live in the hearts of our students for many years to come.”

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