Barry Comprehensive School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lordsrecently to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. Lady Finlay met with members of the school Parliament cabinets and politics students 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 generally. Students involved in the sessions, from year 7 to year 13, were inspired by Lady Finlay’s enthusiasm for her role and her ‘can do’ attitude to life.
Ms S. Morgan, the co-ordinator of the school Parliament, 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 30,000 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