Joanne Ormond, headteacher of Maryport Church of England Junior School, has this week attended the Teachers’ Institute in the Houses of Parliament. In the ten years since it was launched, the Teachers’ Institute has trained more than 500 teachers, from all parts of the UK, giving them skills and knowledge of Parliament to pass on to their students and fellow teachers.
Joanne applied to Parliament’s open call and was selected from more than 180 applicants to attend the three-day event in Parliament. Fully funded by Parliament’s Education Service, Joanne had the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions with the Speaker, John Bercow MP, and the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, and hear from parliamentarians of all parties about their work in the Commons and Lords.
John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:
“I am proud that this excellent initiative, now in its tenth year, continues to provide such an invaluable service. Better engagement and dialogue with young people is of fundamental importance to our democracy, and I am sure that the teachers attending will find the experience both useful and enlightening.”
Sue Hayman, Member of Parliament for Workington, said:
“I am delighted that Joanne, a teacher from my constituency, attended the Teachers’ Institute at Parliament. Teachers have so many opportunities to engage young people with Parliament and their democratic heritage, and I am sure that the students in Maryport will benefit from Joanne’s experience.”