9.30 – 15.00; Attlee Suite, 1st floor, Portcullis House.
There are only a few places remaining at the constituency staff open day in March. The day includes a session of talks from House representatives and an exhibition of House services plus an opportunity to network with other Members’ staff.
Further information here on the intranet.
Parliament’s Education Service works with schools and Members of both Houses of Parliament to support young people in developing their understanding of Parliament and democracy. You can see more at: www.parliament.uk/education/.
As well as information about arranging visits, their website has lots of online resources including games, videos, newsletter, and much more.
Parliament’s Education Service aims to:
- inform young people about the role, work and history of Parliament through educational visits, tours, publications and outreach
- engage young people to understand the relevance of Parliament and democracy today through active learning
- empower young people to get involved by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to take part.
To achieve this, they offer resources and support for students and teachers including:
- an exciting range of visit programmes catered to learning needs
- an outreach programme, including events and training for teachers
- online, print and DVD classroom resources on the work of Parliament.
Their services are free and have been designed to support the political literacy and citizenship education requirements of the national curricula in the United Kingdom.
The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is a non-departmental body that provides free advice and guidance to the public on issues relating to pensions.
They have produced a toolkit for MPs and their staff and you can see it here. Here’s what it covers:
1) Who they are and what they do
2) How their advisers can help your constituents
3) How they can support your parliamentary work
4) Online planning tools
5) Other helpful organisations in the pensions sector
6) How to contact them.
W4MP will be adding this to our guides in the near future (and we shall let you know when this happens) but, meanwhile, we thought you’d like to have immediate access.
New here and not sure where you can eat or drink? Been here forever but not completely sure you’ve tried them all?
The restaurant pages on the intranet have full details on all the places to eat and drink on the Parliamentary Estate.
Issue 8 of Commons View is now online on the intranet. Commons View is the enewsletter for Members’ staff provided by the House of Commons Service. Inside this issue:
- New toner supplier contract – QC Supplies;
- Changes to the e-tabling system;
- Latest jobs available;
- Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme update;
- parliOUT event;
- Find out about the courses available to you;
- and much more…
The link is: http://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/members-newsletters/commons-view/commons-view-issue-8/
Don’t forget: if you would like to offer feedback, submit an article for inclusion in future editions of Commons View or have ideas on how to improve House services available to Members’ staff, contact email@example.com.
Closing date 30 April 2013.
Run by Parliament’s Education Service on behalf of the Speaker, the Speaker’s School Council Awards scheme celebrates excellence in school councils.
Open to every infant, primary and secondary school in the UK, the awards ask school councils to nominate their most successful project. Projects can be big or small; what matters most is that they have made a difference to the school or community.
It’s a great opportunity for school councils to celebrate their successes, shout out loud about their achievements and enhance student voice opportunities in school.
Entering is easy. Schools simply fill in an online application at www.speakersschoolcouncil.org.
There’s more information for Members of Parliament and their staff on the intranet here.
The Parliamentary Academy is the UK’s first apprenticeship school in Parliament. If you are between the ages 16-24 and would like to do an apprenticeship with an MP then read more about them by clicking here.
Happy New Year from the Visitor Services team at Parliament.
Welcome to their new Visit Parliament Twitter feed: @visitparliament.
The sixth edition of Commons Monthly, the monthly enewsletter for Members of the House, is now available online on the parliamentary intranet.
Commons Monthly – issue 6 includes:
• House of Commons Commission Bulletin
• Personnel Advice surgeries
• catering promotions
• and much more.
Nominations for the Dods Parliamentary Researcher of the Year Awards in association with the Federation of Small Businesses – now in its seventh year – will close on 23 January.
It you haven’t already nominated – do it NOW!
The Awards are open to all staff working in a research or casework capacity for an MP or a Peer from parliamentary or constituency offices. The Awards have been developed to promote the extremely valuable role played by all individuals working for parliamentarians.
Full information here: http://dods-parliamentary-events.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=259&Itemid=199