On 12 March we were thrilled to have Lord Aberdare pay a virtual visit to our A Level Politics and History students via Microsoft Teams.
The event was organised by tutor Anneliese Hatton through Learn with the Lords Online, which is a live question and answer session that lets students aged 7-18 put their questions to a Member of the House of Lords.
The session started with an introduction from Lord Aberdare, who explained that he is a hereditary peer and a crossbencher, meaning he is not affiliated to any particular political party. He also went on to explain the role the House of Lords plays in the UK's political process.
Our students were keen to ask questions, covering the future of the House of Lords and its cost, and also whether lord Aberdare considers himself to be right or left-wing politically.
“As a politics student, I believe that [the event] gave me a real insight and is most definitely beneficial, as the questions asked from my fellow students and answers given by Lord Aberdare can be used directly in future work," explained Jahangir Khan.
After the event, Lord Aberdare commented: “This is the first time I have attended this type of event. It has been fun. The quality of the student questions was high and focussed on the fundamental issues around the role, validity and importance of the House of Lords. Quite challenging, though impressive.”
Anneliese added, “It was an absolute pleasure to host a virtual session with Lord Aberdare - he was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and comprehensively answered the questions from students. I was also extremely proud of the students, who asked well formulated questions that showed a real interest in and understanding of A Level Politics.”
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