Reading College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords today to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.
Baroness Pidding met Public Services students to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords, followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at the Houses of Parliament generally.
Students Jessica Hewett, aged 17 and Domingos Bras, aged 20 hosted the question and answer session. Jessica said: “I enjoyed hosting as I am quite a confident public speaker and am pleased that the event went smoothly. Baroness Pidding answered all our questions really well.”
Shingi Hopkins, Public Services tutor 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, but today they have had a thorough insight into the workings of Westminster.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” outreach programme, which was established across the UK in 2007 and has so far involved around 90,000 young people.
Head of campus, Paul Newman said: “We are thrilled to have Baroness Pidding here at the college today sharing insights into the British legislative system – it was captivating for our students.”
The visit ended with a tour of the college by Paul Newman and two of the students, Amandi Jayathilake and Max Maytum.
Members of the House of Lords visit schools, academies and colleges to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. For further information, and to make an application, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker