DSAT MDPs Visit the Houses of Parliament
49 of our Minsters for Discovery Parliament (MDPs) visited the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 3rd March 2016.
Meeting at our Pupil Parliament Headquarters, the pupils boarded the coach full of excitement and ready to set off to London. Whilst travelling through London they spotted Wembley Stadium and the London Eye, drove down Baker Street and even gave a wave to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
On arrival at the Houses of Parliament, they were greeted by the Education Team who, after very important security checks, took them on their tour. The tours vary depending on what is taking place each day but the MDPs were lucky enough to enter the public galleries of both the House of Commons and House of Lords and view live debates! As well as this, they also ventured into the main lobby and had photo opportunities in Westminster Hall.
Once the tour was complete, they headed back to the Education Centre where they split into groups and took part in hour long workshops on ‘Making Laws’ and ‘Your Voice’. Pupils displayed their learning by answering quick fire question polls and got hands on using iPads for research. They also had chance to show off their debating skills to round off the session.
After a well-deserved break at the Education Centre they headed back to the coach for the return journey home where they still had energy for playing card games and a good old sing song to pass the time!
DSAT Pupil Parliament
Our Pupil Parliament is made up of students from across our 10 schools and they meet once a term in their Houses of Commons to debate and decide on laws which will affect all children across the Trust. Additionally, 20 children have been selected to form the Cabinet function and take on specific roles such as Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Minster of Education, as well as other ministerial roles. The Cabinet decide on bills they feel the House of Commons should debate in 4 keys areas:-
- Literacy & Learning
- The Arts