The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, is encouraging Island schools to book trips to Parliament as the next Parliamentary Education Service telephone booking day approaches – Friday 10th January. On that day trips can be booked between 22nd April and 23rd July 2014.
State schools on the Isle of Wight can claim back 75% of travel costs – including ferry travel – for students visiting Parliament from Key Stage 2 up to Key Stage 5. There is a limit of £1,600 and costs can only be claimed for one visit per school each year.
The telephone number for the Parliamentary Education Service is 0207 219 4496 and lines open at 08:30am on 10th January. The service is very popular and demand for places is high.
Mr Turner said:
“It’s always good to see students from the Island up in Westminster. Parliament’s Education Service if very good and works to support young people’s understanding of Parliament and democracy. As well as a guided tour which can take in both Houses of Parliament there is the opportunity to take part in special workshops and other activities. If my other commitments allow I always try to meet Island pupils myself during their visit and answer any questions they may have.”
More information can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/education/