On Friday 5th June, Year 10 students at Upton Court Grammar School were visited by Fiona Mactaggart, the MP for Slough. Since the May general elections, the students have been using their Thinking Skills lessons before the election to learn about the importance of democracy and political participation, and about how Government works in the UK. Every Key Stage 4 class held a mock election, culminating in a school-wide mock election that took place on the day of the actual General Election.
Fiona spoke about her career and what interested her in politics. She emphasised the importance of honesty and about championing causes that are important and right, even when support for such views are in the minority. She amused the students with anecdotes from earlier in her career and stressed how vital it is that young people participate and make their voice heard in politics. After the assembly, students who had excelled in the elections topic met with Fiona for cake and coffee. She spoke to them about the importance of volunteering in order to make a difference and praised the efforts that they were making to improve their critical thinking skills, which she said are vital in the modern workplace.
Head of Sixth Form at Upton Court Grammar School, David Sammels said “We are very grateful for Fiona Mactaggart’s time. Citizenship and thinking skills are an important part of the UCGS curriculum, and the school strives to ensure that students are not just academically brilliant, but politically literate and ready to face the challenges of the modern world.”