On Wednesday 27th January, MP for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, met 13 Year 6 children from Red Hill Field Primary School, during a visit to the Parliamentary Education Service.
In addition to a tour of the Palace of Westminster, the children also had the opportunity to watch debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They also participated in a workshop led by the Parliament Education Service, giving them the chance to think about a law they would like to make. They developed an idea which became a bill which they then debated and voted upon in the style of the House of Commons and then scrutinised in the style of the House of Lords.
Mr Costa said “it was fantastic to see the enthusiastic and well informed children from Red Hill Field in Parliament. The children had a very impressive understanding of Parliament and this was reflected in the standard of question they asked during our Q&A. I look forward to visiting Red Hill Field in the future to discuss the role of Parliament with other children and would like to thank the Head Teacher and accompanying Teachers for arranging this visit”.
Steve Snelson, Headteacher of Red Hill Field said “We are very grateful to Alberto Costa for getting in touch with us to tell us about the Education Service based within Parliament. It is a fantastic service and the children had an incredible day. The children were very interested to learn about the magnificent buildings that make up the Palace of Westminster and about the work of Parliament. They were particularly interested to hear about the work of our constituency MP and we are delighted that Alberto has agreed to visit Red Hill Field in the future so that many more of our children can learn about the work of Parliament and the democratic process in the United Kingdom”.
Further information on the Parliamentary Education Service can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/education/