Houses of Parliament visit for 'More Able' students...

Twenty Six ‘More Able’ students recently attended the Houses of Parliament for a workshop and tour. As it was a Wednesday, security was higher than usual as the Prime Minister was in the building for ‘Prime Minister’s Questions’. However, students and staff attending didn’t actually catch a glimpse of him!

The educational programme and workshop that the students took part in is relatively new and involved an exciting, 360° high production, 15 minute film introducing historic parliamentary events. This took the students through key events in the changing history of the UK Parliament, including the beginning of Parliament, along with the different Houses and their representatives. It also included the Suffragette movement and how it changed voting rights for women.

The workshop was followed by a tour of the Houses of Parliament in which students learnt about the work of Parliament today. The students were also able to enter the ‘Robing Room’ used by the Queen during the State Opening of Parliament when she gets ready in her crown and ceremonial robes.

Students also visited the House of Lords and were given the opportunity to reflect on what UK Parliament of the future might look like and their connection to that change.

Raising Standards Assistant, Mrs Anna Jones, said “The students’ behaviour was excellent, as usual. They were engaged in all aspects of the visit, and were also confident enough to ask and answer questions with their guides for the day. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm for learning and enjoyment of the visit!”

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