Bedales and Bohunt students question Damian Hinds MP

Bedales Senior

Damian Hinds, East Hampshire MP, participated in a ‘Question Time’-style panel discussion on 13 March 2020, which gave over 140 students from the local area the opportunity to engage on topics involving education, young people and the Government’s response to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The Education in an Uncertain World panel discussion was based on the popular ‘Question Time’ format. It was hosted by Bedales in collaboration with Bohunt School, which is part of Bohunt Education Trust (BET). The afternoon was attended by over 140 Politics, Economics and History students from Bohunt, The Petersfield School, Priory School, Portsmouth and Bedales.

In the panel discussion, students in the audience were invited to ask questions on issues and topics of interest; Damian Hinds was joined by panellists Neil Strowger, Headteacher of Bohunt School and Chief Executive of BET, Magnus Bashaarat, Head of Bedales School, and Abi Wharton, Bedales Head of Global Awareness (panel chair), as well as two students – one from Bohunt Sixth Form and one from Bedales.

Following the Question Time setup, students posed a number of questions to the panel, varying from education and Coronavirus, through to teenage sleep, whether the voting age should be lowered to 16, and the approach to assessment and testing in schools. The students’ questions were well received by Damian Hinds and the other members of the panel, with the discussion raising a number of interesting and insightful points from the varying perspectives of the panellists and audience.

This event followed a similar gathering featuring Damian Hinds hosted at Bohunt last year, and was the latest in a series of co-operative activities and workshops held between Bedales and BET, which has a close partnership to share good practice, resources, training opportunities and student collaborations across their networks.

Damian Hinds, East Hampshire MP, said:

“It was wonderful to meet so many engaged students at this event, and to see them taking a real interest in education more broadly. Their contributions demonstrated an impressive level of knowledge, understanding and passion for current affairs. Thank you to everyone involved for an extremely enjoyable afternoon with so many bright and inspiring young individuals, and to Bedales and Bohunt for creating such a valuable educational opportunity through their partnership.”

Magnus Bashaarat, Head of Bedales Schools, said:

“Student voice has always been a strong feature of a Bedales education, so it is fitting that we have created this event with Bohunt, bringing students and school leaders together to discuss and debate the challenging issues facing polictics and society today with our elected representative in Parliament.”

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of Bohunt Education Trust, said: 

“Bohunt is committed to providing students with ambitious, immersive learning opportunities. The popularity and success of this second Question Time event with students across a number of our schools and Bedales highlights the inspiring political motivation of our students and the strength of our partnership, and embodies our collaborative approach to education.”

Damian Hinds MP | Bohunt Education Trust | Magnus Bashaarat