St Francis pupils greeted at Parliament by MP, Claire Perry
Local MP, Claire Perry recently welcomed Year 7 & 8 St Francis pupils to Parliament. Pupils spent 20 minutes with Ms Perry learning about her role as an MP. The session with ended with question & answers on a wide range of issues including phone hacking, Scottish independence and immigration.
As well as time with Claire Perry, pupils sat in the galleries above both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, to watch and listen to live debates.
Pupils then went through the process of devising and debating a new law – on their chosen topic of ‘benefits’. A mock parliamentary-style debate was held between the ‘government’ on one side of the room and the ‘opposition’ on the other, before the voting. There were more ayes than no’s, so the government had the majority.
Headmaster, David Sibson said “The trip to Parliament provided a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn in a very hands-on way, about democracy and the difference between the role of Parliament and the role of government, and how they interact. Spending time with Claire Perry gave the children a real insight into her role as an MP and also her job in the commons”