Cheadle Teacher, Beverly Wheeler from Together Trust’s Ashcroft School, has been selected as a UK Parliament teacher ambassador.
Fully funded by Parliament’s Education Service, Beverley will question the House of Commons Speaker and the Lord Speaker, and hear from parliamentarians of all parties about their work in the Commons and Lords.
Mary Robinson, MP for Cheadle said:
“I am delighted that Beverley, a teacher from my constituency, has been selected as a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador.
“Teachers have so many opportunities to engage young people with Parliament and democracy, and I am sure that the students in Ashcroft School and The Together Trust will benefit from Beverley’s experience at Teachers’ Institute.”
Those taking part in Teachers’ Institute become UK Parliament Teacher Ambassadors following the training, and go on to teach their students and fellow education professionals about democracy and the Houses of Parliament.
Eileen Sheerin, headteacher at Ashcroft School said:
“I am delighted that Beverly has been selected.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for her but more importantly for the knowledge and understanding she can bring to our young people on her return. This will undoubtedly give them a huge boost to think one of their teachers is doing this for them.”
Since its launch in 2006, the Parliamentary Teachers’ Institute has trained more than 700 teachers from all parts of the UK, giving them a detailed understanding of how the House of Commons and Lords work.
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:
“I am proud that this excellent initiative continues to provide such an invaluable service.
“Better engagement and dialogue with young people is of fundamental importance to our democracy, and I am sure that the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassadors attending Teachers’ Institute will find the experience both useful and enlightening.”
Ashcroft School is a pioneering specialist education service based in Stockport. The school supports young people aged eight to 18 years who have struggled in other settings because of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The Together Trust is a leading North West charity providing care, special education and community support for children, young people and adults. The charity helps more than 2,600 people and their families each year, who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or social difficulties, physical and learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions.