TFE visit to the Houses of Parliament

May 9, 2016, 9:05 a.m.

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Over the last two weeks, three of our sixth form TFE classes have gone to see the Houses of Parliament to learn about what happens there. Although it was a challenge for everyone to get up there on time, we did all make it in time to have a great tour! The people in security and the Education Centre could not do enough for us, they were amazing. We were shown around the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Even though the House of Lords is really fancy, the students in TFE3 voted that they liked the House of Commons better – perhaps, we thought, because the seats are Treloar green? We learnt about how people vote by going to stand in a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ corridor, but thankfully there wasn’t a vote while we were visiting because apparently there is a very loud bell that rings for 8 minutes to tell everyone it’s time to vote! After our tour we got to meet our local MP, Damien Hinds, who told us all about what he does and why he loves his job (most of the time). The students took the opportunity to ask him lots of questions, including how he got the job of an MP, and what football team he supports! Damien Hinds thoroughly enjoyed this.

All three trips were really successful and the staff gained just as much from the trip as the students did, we were very lucky to have had this opportunity and a memory our students will treasure. Thank you so much to Hannah Golding (Occupational Therapist) for arranging such an inspiring and exciting trip.