Pupils at Gorsey Bank were delighted to meet our local MP, Esther McVey, last week when she came into school.
The Conservative MP for Tatton came to visit Gorsey Bank, in what was an exciting culmination to UK Parliament Week, a national event to help teach children about parliament and democracy.
Our focus this year was on the environment, encouraging pupils to create work and take part in debates about climate change and how best to protect the future of the planet. We examined the outcomes of the G7 climate meeting in June and discussed COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, currently taking place in Glasgow.
All of our pupils were incredibly interested in the topic and came up with some fantastic ideas about how we can all help to look after the environment.
The week ended with a fascinating talk by Esther McVey MP. The children were then able to ask their questions about life as an MP, how parliament works and the importance of democracy.
Esther McVey MP said: “It’s very important for children to be taught about politics at a young age. It teaches leadership skills, how to communicate and how to be tenacious in adversity.
“It was also great to see so many young people talking about big topics which will affect the future generations.”
We all really enjoyed UK Parliament Week but our interest doesn’t end there. Gorsey Bank’s Pupil Parliament operates throughout the school year and consists of children across the school voted into ‘office’ to represent their classmates and friends on a variety of issues as diverse as children’s rights and which sports they’d like to see offered in school.