Haringey Sixth Form College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 15th March to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.  Lord Borwick met some of our Level 3 students to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords, followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at the Houses of Parliament generally.

Russ Lawrance, Principal said “It was great to have Lord Borwick in today. His inspirational talk had a great impact on the students as they left with a wealth of knowledge of The House of Lords along with some insight into how the UK parliamentary system works and he was also interested in hearing from me about the challenges of post 16 education and how he could help.”

Aristede, A-Level Humanities student said “the entire session was inspiring and gave me a real insight into what a career in politics involves. I especially enjoyed the question time at the end of the session as I realised that through Lord Borwick’s personal journey that through hard work you can get to where you want to be.”

Winfrey, second year A-level student said “Lord Borwick’s presentation helped me to further understand politics and help me to know more about how the country is run and it will further improve my creativity”

Margaret Phillips – Careers and Guidance Co-Ordinator at Haringey Sixth Form College said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives, but today they have had a thorough insight into the workings of Westminster.”

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The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” outreach programme, which was established across the UK in 2007 and has so far involved around 90,000 young people.  Members of the House of Lords visit schools, academies, and colleges to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. 

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