Schoolgirl turns Jeremy Paxman to grill MPs

Holley Park Academy pupil Poppy Oxberry interviews MP Sharon Hodgson.
Holley Park Academy pupil Poppy Oxberry interviews MP Sharon Hodgson.
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A Wearside schoolgirl had the chance to put MPs on the spot when she interviewed them in Parliament.

Poppy Oxberry, a student at Holley Park Academy, was able to interview MPs and peers, including her own MP, Sharon Hodgson, who represents Washington and Sunderland West, for a short film.

The film is being produced by the education charity, Into Film, for Parliament Week 2015, which runs until November 22, with the aim of helping young people learn about and engage with parliamentary democracy.

Poppy, a Year 6 pupil from Washington, was chosen from hundreds of young people across the country to be a young reporter for Into Film, a UK-wide charity which uses the power of film to educate children and young people.

Poppy, who was given specialist training for her reporting role, said: “I feel very lucky to have had the chance to interview people who run our country, especially in such an important and historic place as the Houses of Parliament.

“There were seven or eight MPs, including Lord Melvyn Bragg. I got to interview two, including my own MP, Sharon Hodgson.

“I also got to operate one of the cameras we were using to film the interviews.

“The highlight of the day for me was getting to go inside the Houses of Parliament. I had seen the outside of the building, but never thought I’d get to go inside. It was like going through airport security.”

Into Film has a number of films, resources and activities to help teachers engage students with Parliament Week, and the 2015 theme of democracy included recommended film lists for primary and secondary schools, with films free to order for all schools with an Into Film Club.

The organisation is available to every school, college and youth group in the UK, offering free clubs and access to a diverse catalogue of films, special events and activities, curriculum-linked and enrichment teaching resources.

For further information about Into Film, visit: www.intofilm.org.