A House of Lords life peer visited Frankley Community High School last Friday where he admitted “I wasn’t very good at school, my parents winced at my reports!”

Lord Robin Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, CBE was formerly Conservative party deputy chairman. He visited the school to deliver a talk to Political Citizenship students about his political career and the functioning of the House of Lords.

Lord Hodgson challenged pupils to debate the very controversial issues that he and his colleagues face each day in the Upper Chamber. After a stimulating and interactive discussion the pupils from years 9 to 11 had a chance to ask some hard hitting questions about reform to the House of Lords and its future role in our modern democracy.

Year 11 pupil Cameron Gordon said after the session, “It was great to meet a member of the House of Lords in person. He even offered to take up an issue I am concerned about with a member of the cabinet if I write to him – I’m working on that right now.”

Year 9 Pupil Connor Benson commented, ”I thought it was a really good session. I actually understand now the important role the Lords plays as a buffer or filter to some of the less well thought out pieces of Commons legislation.”

Frankley Community High School runs a comprehensive Citizenship programme for its students.

On Monday 17th January pupils Temi Bolorunduro (yr.11) & Jack Decourcy (yr.10)  took part in the inaugural Birmingham Civic Society Youth Platform meeting, with Temi being elected to be the first Chair of the executive committee.

The event was held in the Chamber of the Council House, with participants from over fourteen Birmingham schools. The Youth Platform provides young people with the opportunity to help make real improvements in the city.

More meetings are planned for each half term.

In addition, Citizenship subject leader Alex Zarifeh & local police officer PC Turner visited the House of Commons on 12th January where they attended a campaign event hosted by Democratic Life.

The event, aimed at raising support against government proposals to cut compulsory Citizenship from 2013, was attended by prominent Members of Parliament, Lords & educationalists all committed to fighting against the proposed scrapping of compulsory citizenship from September 2013.

Mr Zarifeh spoke at the event about the success of Citizenship at Frankley along side David Blunkett, former Home Secretary & Education Secretary who introduced Citizenship Education for all in 2002.

The Democratic Life website has an epetition you can sign to offer your support for the campaign.

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