David Ruffley MP urges all schools: "Get in to Parliament Week - 31 October to 6 November 2011"

Monday, 24 October, 2011

David Ruffley MP has written to every primary, middle and upper school in his constituency to urge each school to teach their students about Parliament, by engaging in the new national initiative 'Parliament Week' from 31 October to 6 November.

David Ruffley MP said: 'As the Member of Parliament for the Bury St Edmunds constituency, I am very keen to promote this initiative, especially in the face of declining voter turnout, particularly in the younger generation.

Parliament Week is an exciting opportunity for students in the Bury St Edmunds constituency to explore the work and role of Parliament and encourage them to understand how decisions made in Westminster impact on their lives.

There are some resources available to help students learn about this week and any school interested in these should contact my office on 0207 219 2880. These are:

- The Parliament and Schools pack- a set of structured resources for schools to use.

- Leaflets to support lessons about the role and work of Parliament. They are available for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

- Information about the BBC Schools Questions and Answers competition, run by the BBC, the Institute for Citizenship, and Parliament's Education Service. Schools have the opportunity to run their own question time webcast, broadcast live on the BBC website, or to host an edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions?'.

- A poster about Big Ben, its history and workings, which can be used in the classroom.

I look forward to hearing from students and schools who are interested in learning about Parliament.'