Friday, 2nd December 2016
POLITICALLY-minded pupils get privileged insight into parliament.
POLITICALLY-minded pupils have been given a privileged insight into the parliamentary process.
Year 6 pupils at
The North East Parliamentary Outreach service aims to create awareness of the work of Parliament and show how the debates and decisions of the House of Commons and House of Lords are relevant to the region.
“I think it is vitally important that young people learn about democracy, how it effects them and how they can have a voice in deciding what decisions are made about their future,” said Mrs Bell.
“Some of the children are obviously politically informed from watching the news coverage of Brexit and the
“Others still have a few common misconceptions of Parliament with many thinking that the Queen alone still has the power to make the laws to govern the country.”
Following the morning workshop, students were given the opportunity to have their own mock parliamentary debate on the topics of limiting the use of screen time for children and banning homework for children at primary school.
Deputy head girl Cassie Grey, ten, of
“I found it very interesting learning about Westminster Hall being over 1,000 years old and one of the largest rooms in
“They have also learnt about democracy, the parliamentary process and the work of Government, which will help them to become more informed and engaged in political discussion in the future.”