Baroness vis­its school’s pupils

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et_reville

A MEM­BER of the House of Lords dis­cussed life as a baroness with pupils from Jack Hunt School.

Baroness Janet Co­hen of Pim­lico made a two-hour visit to the school in Led­bury Road, Nether­ton, on Fri­day morn­ing.

While there she dis­cussed pol­i­tics, the role of the House of Lords and their in­ten­tion to raise stu­dent aware­ness on press­ing is­sues.

The visit was or­gan­ised by the Peers In Schools pro­gramme, which launched in 2007 and sees mem­bers of the up­per house visit pupils all over the coun­try.

Jack Hunt School’s per­sonal de- vel­op­ment ed­u­ca­tion (PDE) teacher Emily Mor­gan showed the baroness around the school and in­tro­duced her to head boy Ge­orge Chung and head girl Ge­or­gia Evans.

Baroness Co­hen then gave an hour-long talk to ap­prox­i­mately 125 Year 12 and 13 pupils.

Mrs Mor­gan said: “The idea was to make pol­i­tics more ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents.

“There were lots of ques­tions from pupils. They were in­ter­ested in how to im­prove voter turnout and how politi­cians can en­gage with young peo­ple.

“I think the pupils were re­ally en­gaged with it. It was a good op­por­tu­nity to meet some­body you wouldn’t nor­mally have ac­cess to.”

The scheme is man­aged by the Lord Speaker’s of­fice, as part of the House of Lords out­reach pro­gramme.

Since 2007, there have been over 500 school vis­its, with Mem­bers talk­ing di­rectly to around 30,000 pupils.

Baroness Co­hen is also a lawyer and crime fic­tion writer, and was a gov­er­nor of the BBC be­tween 1994 and 1999.

There is more in­for­ma­tion about the Peers In Schools pro­gramme at www.par­lia­ment.uk.

visit: Baroness Co­hen talk­ing to stu­dents at Jack Hunt School. (METP-04-05-12RH122) Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

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