As part of the House of Lords Engagement programme, Members of the House will be taking part in virtual visits to schools and colleges across the Yorkshire and the Humber region to meet with students and young people.
The virtual visits are part of the “Learn with the Lords Online” programme and encourage two-way conversations about the role and function of the House of Lords. As well as hearing the views of pupils and young people on their perceptions of the House, members will also answer questions about other aspects of the work and role of Parliament.
The programme launched with two virtual visits earlier this month with sessions available to book until December 2020 with further virtual visits planned for next year. So far members have met with over 700 students and young people nationwide.
Schools visited/that will be visited in the Yorkshire and Humber area are:
Leeds West Academy, 28 September 2020, Baroness Harris of Richmond
New College Pontefract, 5 October 2020, Lord Wills
Morley Newlands Academy, 19 October 2020, Baroness Young of Old Scone
Commenting on the project Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, said: “It is vital we engage young people with the work of the House of Lords and help them understand our role. In the past, many members of the House have visited schools in person but that is difficult in the current circumstances.
“That is why I am so pleased this programme of virtual sessions has been developed and I know members are keen to get online and work with schools across the country. I would encourage any school which hasn’t yet booked a ‘Learn with the Lords’ session to sign-up through the learning section of the Parliamentary website.”
Further information about Learn with the Lords Online is available at Learning.parliament.uk