MP welcomes Parliamentary workshops at Island Schools

Workshops introducing school children and their parents to the workings of UK Parliament will be delivered in four Island primary schools next month.

The workshops, hosted by the UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service, aim to strengthen connections between Parliament and communities, increasing people’s understanding of its work and relevance to their lives.

The sessions, being held with children and parents from Arreton, Lanesend (Cowes), Brading and Godshill primary schools, will cover three topics - the composition of Parliament; the election of a representative, your MP, your voice; and the role of Parliament in making law and debating issues and in scrutinising government.

MP Bob Seely said: “I welcome these workshops which will inform children across the Island about what the UK Parliament is here to do and how it can help them.

“It’s great that parents have also been invited to come along to these sessions to learn alongside their children. It’s so important that people engage with the workings of Parliament and have their say, particularly at the moment when our Parliamentary democracy is under such scrutiny.”

Headteacher of Lanesend Primary School, Caroline Sice, said: “We have weekly House of Commons style debates and the children are busy preparing for school speech day, so the workshops are really timely and will help the children to develop their skills and understanding.

“We are very much looking forward to our Parliamentary workshop.” 

Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, Cllr Paul Brading said: “I am delighted to hear that these workshops will be held on the Island at four of our primary schools.

“On my regular school visits, I always try and talk to their student councils to help them understand the important roles they have, and how they link into the overall hierarchy of the school, and the IW Council.  These workshops will help enhance their understanding of the national picture as well.

“Listening and engaging with our young people is vital, as they can help shape their futures.”

For further information about what the UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service offer, and how to invite them to visit your school, please contact engage@parliament.uk