Citizenship GCSE event offers insight into the world of Politics
The Citizenship department strive hard to link careers within its curriculum, in turn helping the school achieve Gatsby benchmark 4. By attending this important Citizenship GCSE event (online webinar) on 1st February with some of our students, we have been able to offer them a potential insight into the world of Politics:
Doing Politics: Changing our City for Good – with Mayor Marvin Rees, Alice Towle, Youth Mayor and Marc Pinol, University of Bristol
Alice is an ex Fairfield student who left last year and is now Bristol’s youth MP. Her role has been extended until 2022 due to the on-going pandemic.
What is politics all about and how can it change lives? Politics is going on all around us, all the time. Decisions taken by our politicians – local, national and global – affect us every day. So what is it and how can it be used to improve lives for all?
Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, talked about his vision for the city of Bristol and the One City Plan that he has introduced to ensure that Bristol can become sustainable by 2030. He also spoke in detail about what it was like growing up to parents of both white British and black Caribbean heritage and attending an inner city school which he found tough.
Youth Mayor and BGS student, Alice Towle, talked about the work of the youth mayors and the part that young people can play in making the city an even better place to grow up.
University of Bristol researcher, Marc Pinol explained what politics is all about, why people study politics and the kinds of jobs that those studying politics go on to. The opportunity was then given to ask questions to all the speakers.
It was wonderful to hear Alice speak so passionately about how young people are able to make a difference and we can’t deny we weren’t just a little bit pleased to hear a few shout-outs for Fairfield too!
We are very proud to have attended such an important and thought-provoking webinar.