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Statement on New Zealand terror attacks

SSAT wishes to express its collective sadness and heartbreak on hearing of the terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand overnight, in which Muslim worshipers were targeted at Friday prayers in their mosques; 49 of whom were killed.

As an educational organisation committed to creating a more socially-just society for all, this morning’s attack is not only tragic, but highlights the continued need for compassion, tolerance and understanding in today’s world. We must all work together towards a harmonious and virtuous future; and education must be a key driver in doing this globally.

We know that schools across England, and internationally, will be struggling to make sense of these events with their students: conversations that are not easy to have, but are essential. We know, as ever, that the amazing teachers and leaders we have in our schools will rise to this sensitive challenge.

Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the whole of New Zealand today.

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