Year 9 Visits The Houses of Parliament

On Wednesday 17th January members of Year 9 Challenge Club travelled to the Houses of Parliament for a tour and workshop on creating a campaign. This was to support the work that Debate Club have been doing around how debating works in our society and the preparation of our first debate for ESU Schools Mace; ‘This house proposes that MPs should be paid the median wage’. During the tour we stood in Westminster Hall which is almost 1000 years old and learnt about its history, including speeches from the Queen and Nelson Mandela. We saw a new art installation which commemorates the Suffragettes and their fight for women to gain the vote. The best part was going into the viewing gallery in the House of Commons and seeing a real life debate taking place about Britain leaving the EU. Before we left we met the MP for our school, Greg Hands, and quizzed him on some of the issues that we feel strongly about such as youth services in our area and school funding.