Strode’s College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 5th October to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Haskell talked to over 140 sixth form Politics, Laws, and Economics students for an hour, about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster.
Dr Peter Jepson, Head of the Department of Social Sciences at Strode’s College 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.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.