Student Question Time for leading politicians

Student Question Time for leading politicians

Schools and colleges across Greater Manchester got the opportunity to quiz the region’s leading politicians by video link at Trafford College's annual Student Question Time, organised to get young voices heard during UK Parliament Week.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education Kate Green MP from Labour joined the debate live on screen on Friday 6th November, using the same technology that saw Stockport College awarded Microsoft Showcase College status for digital learning practices earlier this year.

Hot topics up for discussion came from a British Youth Council shortlist voted for by students at the College over the previous week, ranging from whether colleges should close because of COVID to the impact of the virus on homelessness.

College Group Principal and CEO James Scott said: “Events like these are vital to empower young people, not just in finding their voice, but in getting their voices heard by some of the region’s most powerful decision-makers.

“With the changing situation with regards to COVID-19 lockdown, Stockport College has made advances in digital learning practices that have enabled online educational events, such as this, to be able to go ahead. Thanks to all of you for watching.”

As part of its enrichment and extra-curricular programme, Stockport College runs a politically-motivated student equalities council, which has supported the College Group’s fundraising for foodbanks during the pandemic as well as community campaigns, including several presentations of student research to local council scrutiny committees.

Some of the alumni at The Trafford College Group, who have continued a career into politics include Manchester City Cllr Luthfur Rahman, who received an OBE in the Queen’s recent Birthday Honours list and Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner, who appeared on the panel at last year’s Student Question Time event, which attracted hundreds of representatives from schools and colleges at Stockport Town Hall.