UTTOXETER’S MP is backing a bid to let teachers from the town experience a taste of Parliament and take back what they have learned to inspire youngsters through politics.
Andrew Griffiths is throwing his weight behind a free parliamentary training scheme that allows teachers from Uttoxeter to travel to London for a special conference in a bid to expand their knowledge about the political system and government.
He is hoping that teachers from the area will sign up and help breathe life into politics for school children.
He told the Advertiser: “I will always support anything that will get young people more interested in the democratic process and the political workings of government.
“This scheme is a valuable asset to schools across the area and I would urge as many teachers as possible to sign up and try and be a part of it.
“It will allow them to learn more themselves and then pass this information on to youngsters in the classrooms.
“This will only help teachers and pupils in the long run and I could not urge people enough to get on board and help bring politics and government to more youngsters.”
Parliament’s education service will be hosting the annual teachers’ institute residential course in Westminster from Monday, June 30 to Friday, July 4.
It will allow teachers the chance to experience Parliament in action during an ‘informative, interactive and unforgettable week’ based at the Houses of Parliament in the capital.
Transport and accommodation costs are covered for all of the delegates and applications are welcome from teachers and other professionals working with children aged between seven and 18 across the UK covering subjects including citizenship, politics, law and history.
Organisers said that the free course offers delegates an opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge with their teaching colleagues, and offers time for them to explore new and exciting teaching ideas for the classroom.
Delegates will experience a variety of events during the week, including question and answer sessions with members of both houses and ‘insightful’ talks from subject specialists as well as workshops devoted to key aspects of the work of Parliament linked to the new National Curriculum and detailed resources for use in the classroom.
The deadline for applications for teachers wanting to be part of the course to submit their applications to the education service is 8am on Monday, March 31.
Any teachers wanting more information about the London visit or to join the course are asked to call Nicola Peacock on 0207 2191152.
Alternatively they can visit the Parliament website at www.parliament.uk/education/in-your-school/teachers-institute/ to book places.