Gender equality and tuition fees key focus of students’ ‘manifestos’ during Parliament visit

St Katherine’s School students visited the Houses of Parliament.

St Katherine’s School students visited the Houses of Parliament. - Credit: Archant

Politics is certainly capturing people’s attention at the moment and 30 students from St Katherine’s School in Pill got to learn more about how democracy works when they visited the Houses of Parliament.

Students from years seven, nine and 13 visited the debating chamber in the House of Commons just before MPs arrived to debate Brexit.

The students then took part in a democracy workshop where they formed their own parties, developed their own manifestos – which focused on gender equality and reducing tuition fees – and worked out how best to fund them.

The school’s headteacher Alan Francis said: “The trip was a fantastic opportunity for our students to enrich their classroom learning about democracy right at the heart of the UK’s government.

“We help students develop skills so they can contribute positively to the world.

“An understanding of democracy and politics is key to this and it was great to see the students’ appetite for debate about issues that affect them and the world around them.”