To coincide with National Parliament Week 2014 which took place from 14th to 20th November the Parliament’s Education Service ran an Event for schools across Devon. The aim was to create awareness of the work of Parliament and show how the debates and decisions of the House of Commons and House of Lords are relevant to the region.
Four of our Year 10 students travelled down to Plymouth to represent the Academy and take part in the day’s activities. The introduction was followed by an insight into the House of Commons, the House of Lords and how a bill progresses through Parliament and is made law. The students were then asked to work together to ‘Create a Bill through the Select Committee Process’ around the topics of Food Banks and Coastal Erosion. The bills were then debated as if in parliament and a vote taken.
The local MP for North Devon, Nick Harvey, was unable to attend but he sent a video message to the group in which he detailed his role and responsibilities as an MP representing the constituency of North Devon and working in Parliament.
All the students agreed the event was interesting and informative and well worth the very early morning start. Next stop…. the Houses of Parliament!