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Great Torrington School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 16
th
November 2012 to
encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process.
Baroness Jolly met with Year 11 pupils for an hour to talk 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
generally.
Mrs Whiterod – teacher of 3R‘s at Great Torrington School said, ―This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to
interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from
their daily lives.‖
Simon, Year 11 Pupil said, ―It was great, I found it to be interesting on how it all works together, I would like to go
and visit London and learn more‖.
Many thoughtful and in-depth questions were put forward to Baroness Jolly which provoked interest and further
questioning.
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.
The scenario was 2027 and the scientists got it wrong! The
worst had happened far quicker than predicted. Global warming,
pollution and a lack of sustainable development had led the
world to the very brink of survival. Marooned on a tiny group of
islands with minimal resources, Year 7 pupils were challenged
to rebuild their society and sustain their communities.
It was a fast-paced day and pupils were placed into small teams and
given a scenario and challenged to work together in teams to produce
a project that would be presented to the rest of the group at the end of
the day. With links to many of the curriculum areas such as Geography, Science, English and Citizenship it also developed
pupils‘ confidence to work as part of a team and actively develop their skills in creativity in their thinking and presentation
skills.