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Students attend House of Commons awards ceremony

Four Politics students were invited to an awards ceremony at the House of Commons by the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, after being chosen as finalists in a political blog writing competition.

Jasmeet Jamu (ex Brittons School), Jodie Packham (ex Stratford School), Michael Royer (ex Redden Court School) and Billy Zi Rong Huang (ex Sanders School), attended the ceremony in the State Rooms with Government & Politics tutor Tom Porter after they entered the national Student Blog Competition for 16-19 year-old students, run jointly by the Political Studies Association and the Financial Times.

For the competition the students had to write a blog of 600 words on the question, Is British politics broken? Entries were judged on clarity, style, originality, insight and evidence of research. All four were finalists and highly commended. The winner was Daniel Harrison of Alderbrook Sixth Form in Solihull.

During their visit to the House of Commons, the four met other students, judges, representatives from the PSA and Financial Times, and guest MPs.

Tutor Tom Porter said: “I’m very proud of the students for entering the competition and doing so well against very strong opposition from schools and sixth form colleges all around the country. Visiting the State Rooms for the ceremony was a great experience for them.”


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