This sounds like an exciting project from Parliament’s Education Outreach Team
who are looking for help from Members and their staff in promoting it.
Read on to see how you can help schools in your area get involved.
Parliament’s Education Service has a new range of debating themed loan boxes, which will be available for schools to hire free of charge from 16 September 2013. The contents of the loan boxes have been designed to promote pupils’ investigations into the work of Parliament through interactive role-play and discussion.
Designed specifically for Primary, Junior and Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools, the loan box scheme seeks to encourage children to take part in Parliament style debates, using the resources provided in the boxes.
Each loan box each contains various tactile objects, key items of costume, sounds and images to help schools set the scene for their very own parliamentary experience; groups will even be able to create their own debating chambers with the large backdrop images provided.
Support materials and lesson guides are included for teachers and classroom support staff, with suggestions for additional activities and ways to encourage children to become active citizens.
Parliament’s Education Service will commence advertising this new scheme to UK schools in the next few weeks but we would welcome your assistance in promoting this opportunity to friends and colleagues working in Primary and Special Schools in your local areas.
Please be aware that applications for loan boxes must come directly from school staff and loans will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis; loan periods will typically last for 6 weeks per booking. Loan boxes will be delivered and collected, free of charge, to any school location across the UK.
All enquiries should be directed to Teachertraining@parliament.uk or you can call Parliament’s Education Service, Outreach team, on 0207 219 4647.