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Students learn about the workings of parliament

05 November 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

During Parliament Week, students across the school are taking the opportunity this week to learn about our democracy, the workings of parliament and how they can take action to ensure their views are heard.  Assemblies have focussed on the UK parliamentary system and how debate and questioning are used to create legislation and to scrutinise the work of the government in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.  In their topic of the week activities, Years 7-11 have investigated and discussed the work of parliament over the years in tackling race inequality, learning about the work done by Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Olaudah Equiano in developing legislation to improve equality in the UK.

Sixth formers have also spent time looking at the Presidential election in the USA, the key issues and the differences between the two electoral systems. It is vital that students understand the role they have to play in our democracy and although they may not be able to vote until they are 18 there are still actions they can take to ensure their views are heard by MPs and the government through things such as writing to their MP and petitions to parliament.

Find out more about Parliament Week HERE

 

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