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 The Trafford College Group 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 Group over the previous week, ranging from whether colleges should close because of COVID to the impact of the virus on homelessness. Last year a similar poll resulted in more votes from Trafford College than any other educational establishment in the borough.

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, Trafford 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, Trafford College runs politically motivated student equalities councils at each of its sites at Stretford and Altrincham. These groups have provided a much-needed youth voice in supporting the College Group’s fundraising for foodbanks during the pandemic and in community campaigns, which has involved presenting student research to local councils.

Some of the alumni at The Trafford College Group, who have gone into a career in 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.

To watch #StudentQuestionTime 2020 in full check out the Trafford College YouTube channel.