On Monday 2nd July, I went to Westminster along with 2 other representatives from the north west: Edward and Meghan. It was part of democracy week and organised by the National Youth Assembly. We had our first meeting in Portcullis House, part of the parliamentary estate. This was an opportunity to question MPs on almost anything, with a theme of what it’s like to be a young person today, during which I posed a question about Islamaphobia post-brexit. Afterwards we had a quick introduction on how parliament works before Andrea Leadsom rushed in to be questioned. I asked her about flaws in the parliamentary process and the new childhood obesity strategy, however the best question was from a young boy who asked about period poverty.
We were put in groups for visits to party headquarters, so after grabbing a packed lunch my group went to the Liberal Democrat’s headquarters to hear about their values and again question members of their leadership team. Next we headed to the Cabinet Office where we met with the Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith to find out about her role, democracy week and ask questions. We also attended the launch of the Hear by Right participation scheme and had the chance to talk to some of the MPs individually.
To finish off a fantastic day, we had a tour inside 10 Downing Street which was amazing! In one of the conference rooms we met with the Minister for Sport & Civil Society as well as the Chief of all Staff who works with Theresa May and were able to ask them about their roles and responsibilities. Not only did the day improve my critical questioning skills, it has given me an invaluable insight into the world of politics.
Hania S, Year 10
Students engaged in the democratic process this week as they voted for Trafford’s UKYP representative. Four out of five of the candidates running were AGGS students. The results will be counted next Wednesday at the Town Hall, we excitedly await the result. Good luck to Hania, Meera, Safa and Sanah.
This was an excellent way to explore the voting process with students and how a political campaign works.
Last week GCSE Citizenship students took part in a Digital Surgery with Andy Burnham. Students were able to question him about his target to end rough sleeping by 2020. They explored the topics of sustainability and how to make Manchester more environmentally friendly. Our students joined force with students from across Manchester to explore issues that affect young people. This was a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with a high profile politician. Andy explored his journey into politics and gave our students exciting ways to get involved in politics.
Students from year 10-12 attended the 6th MUNHIGH conference on sat 27th & Sun 28th Jan. The conference is a fantastic way to engage young people in political issues and explore international politics. The skills that the conference provides are invaluable and the students make lots of friends as they work with students from across Manchester, the UK and this year from all around the world.
A particular congratulations goes to Hedye for helping and translating for the Iranian international school who attended the conference. Manchester High School were particularly impressed with her attitude and selflessness to go out of her way to help others. This of course exemplifies everything the UN stands for 🙂
A huge well done to all the participants, everyone managed to speak and lots of awards were picked up this year, both commended and highly commended. Well Done 🙂
The first day back after the Christmas Holiday’s saw the Year 11 and year 10 GCSE Citizenship classes go down to London for the annual Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court trip. The day was full on and busy, however incredibly informative and lots of what we learnt linked to the GCSE course. The tours and workshops linked to our learning in Theme B and Theme C. A highlight was watching both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in session. The debates were relevant and some heated exchanges were made, we really saw democracy in action.
After a long day we walked from Westminster to Euston taking in more of the wonderful London sights including Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.
Sometimes members of the government vote against their party, members of the Conservative party who are against BREXIT are threatening to vote against a key government BREXIT vote today. There are members of other parties who support the rebellion, find out more here.
A Brexit deal is drawing closer, find out all the latest here.
Last week the Year 10 GCSE Citizenship group took part in an exciting new project with the Politics Project called Digital Surgeries. The group have worked through a series of lessons to find out more about the role of decision makers with the goal of speaking to them via Skype and putting their questions and ideas to these decision makers. This is a key part of involving young people in the process of politics and making their voices heard as active citizens.
Year 10 spoke to MEP Julie Ward. This was a fantastic opportunity to ask questions about Brexit and the future of the UK outside of Europe. The students also explored women’s rights and the rights of other citizens and how young people can get involved in politics.
This was a unique way for our students to share their views and opinions with a decision maker. Thank you to the Politics project for this fantastic opportunity. The Politics Society will be speaking to Beth Knowles on Friday exploring her role as Andy Burham’s Assistant and leading his Manchester Homelessness project. All students are welcome to join us.
Find out more about the current crisis in Zimbabwe here.
Rm 13 has been decorated for Parliament week, this week from 13th-17th. Come along to our Politics society stall in the hall at lunch on Friday to find out more about the main political parties and grill our politics society members.
Bring a question and find out more. For more details see Miss Mitchell in Rm 13 🙂
Come and join the fun 🙂