ECKINGTON School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords to encourage students to engage more with the political and Parliamentary process.
Former Secretary of State for Education Estelle Morris, the Baroness of Yardley, met with the Able and Talented students from Years 9 and 10 for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords.
This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the Parliamentary process and life at Westminster.
Paul Wigfull, Able and Talented Coordinator at Eckington School, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the Parliamentary system inside out as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s Peers in Schools programme which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people.
This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker.