BIRMINGHAM Yardley MP, Jess Phillips recently visited Cockshut Hill School, and gave a talk on fundamental British values and the importance of these values to school learners.
Mrs Phillips, who has served as an MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015, met with Cockshut Hill learners to discuss her route to becoming an MP, why she chose a career in politics and the importance of children and young people having a voice in political matters.
Students at Cockshut Hill also had the opportunity to learn about core British values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance from Mrs Phillips – which she emphasised are key components of the UK political system.
The talk was attended by Summit Learning Trust CEO, Vince Green; newly appointed Deputy CEO, Kully Uppal; Cockshut Hill Principal, Jason Bridges, and the Chair of Governors, Richard Beamish.
Niamh, Year 7 learner at Cockshut Hill, part of Summit Learning Trust, said: “I was really excited to hear from my teacher that Jess was coming into school. I am really interested in politics and I am really passionate about getting young people’s voices heard and making changes, so her speech was incredibly relevant to me.”
Jason Bridges, Principal at Cockshut Hill, said: “A huge thank you to Jess Phillips for taking the time to join us at Cockshut Hill, and giving such an inspiring and informative talk.
“I’m so proud of how our learners conducted themselves and the interest they took in UK politics and fundamental British values.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to enrich the learning experience at Cockshut Hill, supporting learners in understanding the world around them so that they can become confident, successful and articulate adults in the future.”