Sunderland College students take politics lesson from Lord Shipley

Judith Quinn, assistant principal at Sunderland College, students Bradley Myerscough and Kate Harnett, and The Lord Shipley.
Judith Quinn, assistant principal at Sunderland College, students Bradley Myerscough and Kate Harnett, and The Lord Shipley.
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Wearside students played host to a member of the House of Lords to learn more about politics.

Sunderland College hosted a talk from Lord John Shipley to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.

Lord Shipley, a former leader of Newcastle City Council, met with more than 85 A-level students at the college’s Bede Campus to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords.

Students on a range of courses, including law, history and government and politics, attended the talk, which was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process, and life at Westminster generally.

Bradley Myerscough, 17, who is studying A-levels in English literature, history and physics, said: “Having Lord Shipley visit our college was a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the House of Lords, and to be able to ask questions about his and his peers’ role in what affects all of us in Britain.

“I thoroughly enjoyed his talk and learnt a lot of facts that I didn’t know before.”

Judith Quinn, assistant principal at the college, 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 Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007, and has so far involved about 75,000 young people.

The continuing outreach programme helps support the citizenship curriculum.