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Mark answers questions from Frenchwood School Pupils

(January 22, 2010)

Mark is to pay a visit to Frenchwood Community Primary School on Friday afternoon (22nd January) to talk to a class of Year 6 pupils about politics and his role as a Member of Parliament. The pupils will have the opportunity to quiz Mark about his views on government policy and ask key questions about careers in politics, as well as talking about the Frenchwood and Avenham areas.

Mr Hendrick said: “I am delighted to address the pupils at Frenchwood Community Primary School and I think that the Citizenship part of the National Curriculum is an important part of their education. I hope to show the children how politics can bring about real change both locally, nationally and internationally and will encourage them to get involved with issues that are important to them.”

Maryam Desai, Year 6 pupil, said: “I am very excited that Mr Hendrick is coming to visit us at our school. I am going to ask him what it is like to be an MP and see what he has done to make our area a better place to live in.”

Head Teacher, Helen Almond, said: “Mr Hendrick’s visit will tie in with our Citizenship Programme, which aims to equip the children with a wider awareness of the jobs that people do and also show how their work can directly impact upon our living environment and quality of life. We want to show the children that by speaking to the right people they too can make a real difference and improve the area that they live in.”

The government introduced the foundation subject in Citizenship to the National Curriculum in August 2002 for Key Stages 3 and 4. The Parliament Education website supplements this learning by providing on-line resources for teachers to educate children about the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The latest addition is a pioneering interactive game called ‘MP for a Week’ in which players try their hand as a backbench MP by voting, attending debates, dealing with the media and making speeches in the Chamber, all whilst keeping their constituents happy.

The ‘MP for a Week’ and other games can be played at: www.parliament.uk/education/online-resources/games.htm

Website Link: www.parliament.uk/education/online-resources/games.htm

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