Chailey School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 14th March to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process.
Lord Luce met with Year 9 students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords, along with providing students within insight into his career, the people he has worked alongside as well as outlining some of the key historical and political events he has been involved in.
This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally. Questions posed by students included those on Lord Luce’s influences, the role of women in Parliament, the conduct of the different seats of Parliament and the current situation in Ukraine.
Miss Anne Jones, Humanities Faculty Team Leader, 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.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s Peers in School programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people.
This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.
Report and picture contributed by Chailey School.