I went to Faringdon Community College http://www.fcc.oxon.sch.uk/ on Friday as part of the Peers Outreach Prograame. The College has a specialist status in engineering and appears to be doing very well. I always ask how many students have looked at Lords of the Blog – alas all too few! maybe this entry will increase the number!
The outreach programme was set up by the Lord Speaker (Baroness Hayman) http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/lord-speaker/ I have done a number of these visits and I am always impressed by the students. They are not shy about asking questions and they are often very challenging questions.
I always make it clear that I am a Labour Peer because although I try and maintain political balance I know that bias creeps in! The most difficult political question recently was about the Liberal Democrats and student fees. It would have been so easy to score a few political points but I stuck to a simple ‘be careful what of what you promise’ reply! Generally a good political message for all politicians!