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Sixth Form students visit the Welsh Senedd

Last half term, a group of Sixth Form students visited the Welsh Senedd, the Parliament, in Cardiff. This annual trip is a firm favourite in the NCW calendar and popular amongst our students who are particularly interested in politics and history.   

For the A Level candidates, the visit provided an invaluable insight into making legislation. Students were able to view a committee meeting looking at proposed changes to the electoral system used for Members of the Senedd. This turned out to be very lively!  They enjoyed finding out about the eco-friendly nature of the building, as well as how its chamber differs from Westminster.  The morning ended in the old Chamber where they listened to a question which was raised just the day before about a former student’s problems taking a guide dog in taxis.  This gave them the chance to give their thoughts on issues relating to transport accessibility from the floor of a Parliament.  

Students now know more about what happens in Cardiff Bay. Carys and Fin are looking forward to when they will have the opportunity to vote in Welsh elections.  Erik (an international student) will go back to Germany with more of an insight into the workings of Devolved British democracy.

Dr Normanton Erry was proud and extremely impressed by the maturity of the students’ observations. 

It was a very interesting visit - I learnt so much! The trip was part of my ASDAN Silver Award. I enjoyed learning about the different ways of voting. It was fun to watch a committee meeting - they certainly were not all in agreement!

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