Aspiring Politicians Trip to Westminster
On Tuesday January 26th A Level Politics students made the trip to Westminster to visit the Houses of Parliament, where they were given a guided tour of the centuries - old institutions and took part in a 'making laws' workshop designed to aid their A Level Politics studies.
After taking in the many striking statues of Parliament Square, students were given a behind the scenes look at Parliament in action. We were fortunate enough to witness both Houses in sessions - with the Commons debating the forthcoming Charities Bill and the House Of Lords amending legislation linked to the Psychoactive Substances White Paper. Students were able to witness adversarial politics in action, with opposing sides presenting their views prior to recording their 'aye' or 'no' votes by passing by the Parliamentary 'Tellers'.
Students were also able to pose an array of questions to their guides, probing them on the processes and quirks of the British political system, and discussing possible suggestion for reforms - some students were very shocked at the lack of MPs attending debates in the Commons Chamber and wished to see reforms to tackle this!
Following our tour, students took part in a 'making laws' workshop, where they were able to decide upon contemporary political topics for debate, discussing them using conventional Parliamentary protocols ('I wish to address my Right Honorable Friend . . .') and gaining an insight into the legislation process which allows laws to be decided upon and brought into being. All students participated well and were very keen to share their views - no matter how controversial!
A great day was had by all, despite the journey home being tarnished by many Sixth Formers serenading Mr Greenwood and Mr Carse by singing Adele songs.
If you are interested in politics, current affairs or even if you very much enjoy a good argument, please speak to Mr Carse or Mr Nolan about taking up A Level Politics.