The Power of Parliament!

Date: 20th May 2022

By: Mr Slattery

Category: Academy council, British Values, Hope, Partnership, Questioning, Reflection, Year 6

As you may have heard, the Year 6 Election Project is now in full swing!  Parties have been decided, roles designated, headquarters established and the formation of campaigns well underway.  Our brilliant Year Sixes are thriving and appear truly inspired by the possibility of implementing change in our school.

In accordance with this, we recently had the privilege of being invited to a session with Caroline Lambert.  Caroline is a member the Education and Engagement team in Westminster and works within the UK government to promote learning across schools in England.  We were especially fortunate to be given such an honour, as this session was exclusive to our school and tailored so we could also learning about our local Government, alongside our national one.

The session was called ‘Introduction to Parliament’.  In it, the children were told about our local MP, Tobias Ellwood, and how any of them could contact him with suggestions and thoughts. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to pop in as planned as he was on a flight back from Washington! There was also the opportunity to learn about how elections work, the difference between the House of Commons and the House of Lords and significant leaders and parties within the United Kingdom.

Needless to say, we were all inspired and it has given us real scope to utilise this new knowledge into our campaigns for the Year 6 election.  Another highlight was the opportunity to ask Caroline questions.  These ranged from response to war, climate change in schools and our local economy, to top tips for leading a successful campaign and writing succinct manifestos.   We were even given a quiz at the end of the session, to which the children rose to the challenge fantastically!

All in all, this was a brilliant opportunity and one that has added so much to our new project.  Thank you, Caroline!


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