Westminster visit

Parliamentary pursuits for British Values team

A visit to the Houses of Parliament saw students discover some of the secrets of Government in the UK.

Members of the British Values team travelled to London, where they toured the Palace of Westminster before taking part in a workshop looking at the skills of debating. They also met their Member of Parliament Jim McMahon.

Standing in the Houses of Lords and Commons (visitors aren’t allowed to sit on the famous benches), the students learned about the Queen’s role in the State opening of Parliament, who sits where, and how and why people become Lords. Along the corridor they heard about the job of the Speaker, how debates are managed and laws are made.

Back at Parliament’s Education Centre, the team had an opportunity to practice their debating skills and explore what makes a good speaker. Finally they got to hear from and question MP for Oldham West & Royton, Jim McMahon on his experience as an MP so far.

Values and Citizenship Co-ordinator Katie Parkinson said, “The visit was a great experience for all the students, and they learned a great deal about how Parliament works. The workshop showed them how strong debate can change opinions and we were very grateful to Jim McMahon for taking time to speak to the students.”

The British Values team has been created to support the promotion of British Values in school in line with DfE recommendations. According to Ofsted, ‘fundamental British values’ are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

09 June 2016

Jim McMahon MP speaks to students

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