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PSHE teacher spends a week in Parliament

Steve Tranter, Heathermounts PSHE teacher was given a unique opportunity to spend the week beginning the 29th of June at the Houses of Parliament to quiz MP's about the role of Parliament in education, and young peoples involvement in our voting system. During the time he was there, he took full advantage of every piece of information available to him, and has provided a synopsis of his week.

'I have learned about a new service created by the Houises of Parliament, called the 'Education service'. This intiative was born out of the lack of voters at the last election compared to other counties with a view to get young people to understand, inspired, enthused and empowered into getting involved with local and national issues. Essentially to de-mystify the parliament institution. 

Another area focused on was the integration of Parliament directly into schools, some ideas to help with this would be to encourage our local MP to visit the school, create a 'Parliament Box' in which there will be parliament cloaks, wigs, large screen backdrops that resemble the House of Commons for school debates and even book a trip to visit Parliament'.

There is a nationwide 'Parliament Week' event happening between the 16th and 22nd of November, during which an offsite visit is being planned. PSHE lessons will also focus on the Houses of Parliement throughout the week.