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  • "Lets see if you are truly patriotic by taking these example questions from British Citizen Test 9taken from the actual Government website) and these tests are taken for those who want to be patriotic British citizens - therefore we all should get 100%, just like those becoming British citizens have to get 100%. 10 minutes is given (on, and by the way I actually 100% although I had to guess on one question)

    1. Which of these words does not appear in the new citizen’s pledge?

    2. In which TWO places are arrangements different for taking your Life in the UK test?
    Isle of Man
    Channel Islands

    3. Where does the UK Parliament sit?
    The House of Lords
    Downing Street

    4. Which TWO of the following names may be given to the day before Lent starts? (Select 2 answers)
    Good Friday
    Pancake Day
    Ash Wednesday
    Shrove Tuesday

    5. During the English Civil War, in which TWO battles was Charles Is army defeated? (Select 2 answers)
    Battle of Bosworth Field
    Battle of Marston Moor
    Battle of Hastings
    Battle of Naseby

    6. What is New Years Eve called in Scotland?

    7. In a Crown Court, who decides the verdict of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’?
    The judge
    The barrister
    The defendant
    The jury

    8. A driving licence from which of these countries is not equally valid in the UK?

    9. George Frederick Handel, the German-born composer, who became a British citizen, wrote which of the following?
    Water Music
    Music for the Royal Fireworks
    All of the above

    10. In the UK, Christmas Day on 25 December is a public holiday and celebrates the birth of whom?
    Jesus Christ
    Joseph of Arimathea
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Headteacher backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

Headteach backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

Headteach backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A PRIMARY school headteacher says he cannot see any objections to why schools should not fly the Union flag.

Bolton Council approved a patriotic motion, put forward by Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean, that will see the borough’s schools encouraged to fly the national flag and sing the nation anthem in assembly each morning.

Conservative Cllr Dean said it was a way of helping immigrants integrate into British life, instil national pride in the town’s youth and stop the county’s flag being associated with far-right groups.

He added it would inspire “children within the Bolton family to be proud of being British enabling them to appreciate our rich history and great heritage.”

Throughout the debate at Bolton Council’s full council meeting accusations flew across the floor that the motion was politically-motivated and would stretch already tight school budgets.

But Simon Bramwell, executive principal of SS Simon and Jude’s CE Primary School in Great Lever — a school rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted — said he said the motion could open up a debate on national pride.

He added: “Speaking personally, I don't see any real objections to ‘Flying the Flag’, we take such things for granted in the USA, Canada and a number of European countries.

“In fact in the USA , I believe, there is a flag in each classroom.

“However our National Anthem is more a celebration of the King or Queen rather than the country in itself.

“Many people do not make the distinction, but you can be a supporter of Britain without being a Monarchist, acceptance of pluralist views is after all one of the crowning achievements of being truly British.”

Mr Bramwell, who is a member of the National Association of Headteachers, added: “I applaud Cllr Dean’s intention in bringing this matter forward, and am sure it will spark a useful debate on National Pride, and the positive roles that can be played by nation states.”

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