House of Lords ESU Debate

house of lords 2

On Friday 4th Dec selected students in yr 11, 12 & 13 made their way down to London to attend the ESU (English Speaking Union) House of Lords Chamber event. Our students were chosen to represent North West Schools in a debate which explored the question; “should Parliament be more diverse? ”

Alice Bruce in year 12 had the honor of writing a key speech putting forward the view that more should be done to increase diversity in parliament, she presented her case clearly and enthusiastically to an audience of Girl Guides and members of the Three Faiths Forum and the British Humanists.

house of lords

The floor was then opened for arguments made by other students, our girls managed to catch the attention of Baroness De Souza ( the Lord Speaker) on a number of occasions and passionately shared their ideas.

The day was a fantastic experience to learn more about formal debating and to engage in such an important issue. Some of the conclusions made from the debate were an improvement in political education and to increase the use of quotas when choosing MPS and Lords. A vote was taken and by an overwhelming majority students chose that something should be done. The other options were ; nothing should be done or enforcing change in parliament.

Well done to all the girls involved in this great day.

100 Women

What does mean to “be a good girl” as part of the BBCs 100 women series have a look at these short videos, which explore being a girl in a range of countries around the world.

100 women

Rush to war?

As politicians debate and discuss bombing ISIS in Syria there are lots of opinions being explored. Have a look at the latest updates from both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party here.

Youth Cabinet #TalkYouth Conference

A group of students from yr 7-13 took part in the Annual Youth Cabinet conference this year – Let’s Talk Youth Conference, focusing on Democracy and Politics. Here is Hedye from yr 8 reflecting on the day.

youth cabinet photo

I really enjoyed going to the Trafford Youth Cabinet Conference on Friday November 27th. I had never experienced anything like it. It helped me to understand how politics ACTUALLY affects me and i got a better understanding of ways to make my voice heard in society as a youth. My favourite part of the day was the panel debate. The questions raised by other students intrigued me and the answers interested me even more. A skill i learnt, was how to write a political campaign speech. I really enjoyed this trip and would like to go again. 
Many of our students were part of the organising team  – Trafford Youth Cabinet. A huge well done to all involved.  See twitter for pictures.
traffrod youth cabinet