E-news - June 2013


Don’t miss out on securing your key stage 5 students an autumn term visit to Parliament, the deadline for applications is 15 June. Also this month, register your interest in receiving one of Parliament’s debating themed loan boxes. We’ll be sending them out in September so they’ll make an exciting addition to your classes at the start of the new school year.


Apply by 15 June for post-16 visits to Parliament

Post-16 visits to ParliamentBook your Year 12 and 13 students on a tour of the Palace of Westminster this autumn, an ideal way to inspire them at the start of a new academic year. Online applications for our post-16 Discover Parliament sessions close at midnight on 15 June. 

Congratulations to the 2013 Speaker's School Council Awards winners!

Speakers School Council AwardsFour school councils have been named winners in the 2013 Speaker's School Council Awards. This year’s winners are Overdale Infant School (4-7 years), Lee Chapel Primary School (7-11 years), Rowdeford School (11-16 years) and Devonport High School for Boys (16-18 years). Thanks also to all the schools who entered and contributed to what's been a year of truly inspiring school council projects in the UK.


Apply now for an autumn term Parliament activity loan box

Loan boxParliament’s Education Service has a new range of debating themed loan boxes. The boxes are available for Primary, Junior and SEN schools across the UK to borrow. Each box contains tactile objects, sounds and images as well as activities for the classroom. The boxes will be loaned out for a six week period starting from 16 September. Please email Parliament's Education Outreach team if you are interested in receiving one to try out with your school.


Discover the House of Lords resources for key stage 4&5

House of Lords resource This suite of resources, ideal for key stage 4 and 5 students, explores the House of Lords through fast-moving animations, opportunities for open debate and the chance to try out hands-on activities. The films and activities are suitable for a range of subjects from Citizenship and History to Politics & Government. They support development of critical thinking, public speaking and political literacy skills among others. 


Play MP For A Week

MP For A WeekThis award-winning digital learning game is designed for informal as well as formal learning situations, and introduces students to the lawmaking process in a fun, engaging way. Young people step into the shoes of a backbench MP and learn to balance pressures from their political party, constituents and the media. Why not have a go at playing MP For A Week with your class via your interactive whiteboard?


From our partners...
History of Parliament Key Stage 3 schools competition

History of Parliament 
This year’s History of Parliament Trust KS3 competition focuses on the Reformation. It is open to all students under the age of 15 and asks them to write a speech as if they were an MP in the 1536 Reformation Parliament. The winner will be invited to Westminster to receive a cash prize. Visit the History of Parliament website for further details about the competition and how to enter. The closing date for entries is 30 July 2013.


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