Students ‘peer’ into politics

Lord Norton of Louth visited Caistor Yarborough School as part of the Lord Speaker's Peers Outreach Programme
Lord Norton of Louth visited Caistor Yarborough School as part of the Lord Speaker's Peers Outreach Programme

Caistor Yarborough Academy hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process.

Lord Norton of Louth met with Year 10 and 11 students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords, which was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

“I always enjoy going to schools, especially here in Lincolnshire, being born and bred in Louth,” said Lord Norton.

“They can’t always come to us, so it is important we go out to them and let them see we are not just stereotypes - we are real people doing important work which affects them.”

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s ‘Peers in School’ programme, which has been running since 2007.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives,” said Jackie Burton, teacher of IGCSE Global Perspectives.