Batley Girls’ High School’s first ever ‘Question Time’ event was a great success as 450 students put a variety of distinguished guests through their political paces. With a panel including Jo Cox (Labour MP for Batley and Spen), Craig Whittaker (Conservative MP for Calder Valley), Baroness Pinnock (Liberal Democrat Life Peer and Kirklees Councillor for the Cleckheaton Ward), Liz Ward (Ambassador for the international WE Day organisation) and Aaisha Raja (Batley Girls’ Student Political Lead), this proved to be a very high profile debate.
The questions were set by Sixth Form and Year 10 students and included a rigorous discussion of the air strikes in Syria, tuition fees, the voting age and whether we still need feminism.
Deputy Head, David Cooper, stated that, “We believe as a school that this kind of event is vital in order to stimulate genuine political debate and discussion of the major issues we are facing. The future of our community is in the hands of our young people and we couldn’t have asked for a more interested and well-informed audience. The panel were fantastic and our students learned a great deal from their eloquence, professionalism and debating skills.”
Aaisha Raja also commented that, “It was a great honour to be involved in such an event and to be able to raise some of the issues that are important to young people within our community, nationally and internationally. This event couldn’t have been better timed and it was great to be involved. I hope it will have inspired some of my peers to register to vote, debate the issues and see politics as something they need to engage with.”
The school would like to thank our panellists for giving their valuable time and everyone who was involved in ensuring that the event was a success. We are already beginning to plan the next one!