On Monday 2nd November, we welcomed special guest Bracknell MP James Sunderland to talk about current issues and answer questions about UK Politics to Eaton Grange students.
Mr Sunderland is an advocate and supporter of outstanding schools for future generations and promotes healthy living, more opportunities for the community and better places to live, work and play. Recently, he has secured an extra £1.18 million for Bracknell Forest and £2.05 million for Wokingham to continue providing vital services during the global pandemic.
He provided a talk on current affairs, such as COVID19, Brexit, and the surrounding community. Pupils were engaged and asked questions such as asking about his views on free school meals during holidays, and whether or not he received a free lunch in parliament. Marcus Rashford’s campaign on expanding access to free school meals was obviously very current in our students’ mind.
Eaton Grange students will be voting on one issue concerning international or UK politics and one affecting their local communities for Youth Parliament later this month. The chance to learn more about UK politics from MP James Sunderland allows students to start thinking about what issues are important to them and why. The voting system is through make Your Mark, where 11-18-year olds can bring their voices forward on current political affairs.