E-newsletter - February 2012

The Palace of Westminster at dawn

This month we're inviting school and student councils across the UK to enter their most sucessful projects into the Speaker's School Council Awards 2012. All councils that enter will receive badges for their website in recognition of their work and participation. Students will also have the chance to win a gala day in Parliament and an award from the Speaker of the House of Commons himself. Find out more below.


Speaker's School Council Awards: Has your school council made a difference?

Students collecting their award from Mr SpeakerThen we want to hear about it. Entering the awards scheme is quick and easy on the new and improved website. You will also find inspiration from past winners and more information about what your school could win in 2012, including national accreditation and a day in Parliament. And if you aren't your school's student council coordinator, perhaps you could pass this message on?


East Anglia education event: Book now

Students taking part in an event run by Parliament's Education ServiceAn all-day event will be taking place in Norwich on 16 March to help students in years 9, 10 and 11 find out more about Parliament. Activities will include an in-depth debate for students, workshops about Parliament, and a chance to meet and question a range of political experts. Places are free and a subsidy is available to help with the cost of attendance.  


Select Committee Experience: New workshop at Parliament

Sixth form students taking part in an event run by Parliament's Education ServiceSelect Committee Experience is a new opportunity for A level Government and Politics students to explore the work of parliamentary select committees in the spectacular setting of the Grand Committee Room at Westminster.  


Lights, Camera, Parliament! competition: Enter now

A student holds up a sign saying 'If I could make one law'Are any of your students budding young film-makers? Or aspiring politicians with great ideas for new laws? Then why not challenge them to enter the Lights, Camera, Parliament! film competition before 26 March? They could be in with a chance of winning an exclusive trip to Pinewood Studios and an awards day at Parliament?


International Women's Day: Resources available

Pamela Nash MPInternational Women's Day 2012 is coming up on 8 March and we have resources available to help your students learn about women's participation in politics. The Houses of History interactive timeline tells the story of female suffrage in the UK, while this article on women in Parliament introduces groundbreaking female Parliamentarians through the 20th century and today.


Teachers' seminar day: Women in politics

Female Members of ParliamentBook your place on a free training day at the Houses of Parliament, focusing on women in politics. The event takes place on 6 March and is designed for secondary and A level teachers who are teaching subjects such as politics, history, citizenship or related areas.


Schools Questions & Answers: Winners announced

Participants in the Schools Questions & Answers competition working with David DimblebyCongratulations to the winners of this year's Schools Questions & Answers competition, who will each host a BBC programme from their school - either a Radio 4 broadcast of Any Questions? or a BBC Schools Q&A webcast. The list of winners and runners-up is now available or you can find out more about more about this annual competition that helps students aged 14 to 19 engage with society and politics.


They said it ...

Handwritten text"Never lose your temper with the press or the public is a major rule of political life." 

-- Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragette, 1880-1958  

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