A group of sixth form students from Upton Court Grammar School attended a tour of the Houses of Parliament. This included a visit to the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and the Royal Gallery.
The visit was designed to support learning for the A Level Government and Politics course, in which students gained a deeper insight into the role of the Speaker, the composition of the House of Lords, and some of the conventions of Parliament.
Students were accompanied by Slough MP, Fiona McTaggart, who engaged with the students on a number of contemporary issues such as the reduction of hereditary peers, Brexit, youth apathy and the Autumn Statement.
Government and Politics teacher and Head of Sixth Form David Sammels said “We think it’s vitally important to take our students out of the classroom and into environments where they can learn differently and engage with people in the wider world. It was inspiring to hear our students putting such insightful and thoughtful questions to an MP.”
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said “Understanding democratic institutions is an important part of the growth of young people and having the opportunity to speak to the local MP and debate topical issues is invaluable”.