Students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College recently took a trip to London to visit Parliament and gain an insight into the British political system and to learn about British democracy. During their time in Westminster the students were able to meet and question Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey.
As part of the visit, the group of Key Stage 3 students were given a guided tour of The Palace of Westminster and were able to watch part of a debate, about the triggering of article 50, from the public gallery in the House of Commons. Following the tour, the students completed a workshop which introduced how laws are made, before meeting Rugby’s Mark Pawsey who explained his role as MP and answered questions from the students.
During their visit to the nation’s capital the students also learnt how the Government was affected during the second world war when they visited the Churchill War Rooms.
Dan Phelan, Achievement Leader, said:
“On this busy day the students learnt a lot about the British political system and experienced some of the nation’s history. Having the opportunity to watch a live debate was a wonderful opportunity which really interested the students and captured their imagination. They also asked Mark Pawsey some interesting questions including his thoughts on a potential Donald Trump visit.”
Some of the feedback from the students included:
“My favourite part of the trip was the debate” and “I enjoyed the Houses of Parliament trip as I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know”. Another student simply said, “I loved this trip”.
Alison Davies, Headteacher, said:
“In 2014 the Department for Education announced that all schools must promote British Values which includes democracy. This visit provided a wonderful opportunity for our students as there is surely no better way to learn about democracy than hearing from your own MP while at the Houses of Parliament.”
You can find out more about Avon Valley School on their Website: http://www.avonvalleyschool.org/
More information about education in Warwickshire is available on the Warwickshire Website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education