It’s not every day that students and politicians share the same platform; but this was the case for four students from the Shared Learning Trust Sixth Form (a collaboration of The Chalk Hills and The Stockwood Park academies). The four attended the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham to participate in youth events organised by the party.
They were awarded four of just forty places that the party had made available nationally to Sixth Form students. They attended sessions which were participative with politicians to engage with young people; part political education, part citizenship, part youth voice. One of the hot topics for students was fees charged by universities and they were interested to hear the views of Neil Carmichael, the Chair of the Education Select Committee who spoke about the topic and engaged in a Question and Answer session, giving the party’s views on university fees, bursaries and additional support for students.
The students from the Shared Learning Trust all study Government and Politics A-Level and found the experience a valuable one as part of their programme of study within the course. The students all gained a valuable insight into the workings of a major political party and will be able to incorporate their experiences into future work, including a valuable contribution to personal statements when applying for their university courses.