BARONESS LOLA Young has said she swapped the House of Lords for teaching a lesson in the classroom during the recently held Teach First Week because of her great respect for teachers.
Young, a successful Arts and Heritage consultant who has been a House of Lords member since 2004, taught a history lesson to pupils at Parliament Hill School, in Highgate, north London, on March 13.
The Baroness, who participates in the House of Lords Peers in Schools programme, told The Voice: “I have great admiration for what teachers do. They can make all the difference to a young person’s achievements. But an external speaker can offer students a window on different worlds, suggesting new areas of interest that they may not have thought of before.”
She added: “I really want young people to see that, with support and encouragement, they have options. That’s why I agreed to participate in Teach First Week and also why I participate in the House of Lords Peers in Schools Programme.
“By taking some time to work with young people we can help them to identify and articulate (and hopefully realise) their ambitions.”
Among the many high profile Brits who taught in schools during the Teach First Week, which ran from March 12 to 16, was BBC TV children’s presenter Michelle Ackerley. She said: “I was able to learn from the children as much as they hopefully learnt from me.”
I think it’s really important for others from the black community to do the same. The chance to get out there and connect with children from different ethnic minorities and hopefully provide a role model for these communities, I think is key.”