Question Time at Worksop College

Politicians were put through their paces at Worksop College recently as they took part in Schools Question Time.

The college got to host its own Question Time event after being named as one of the 15 finalists in the competition.

BBC School's Question Time at Worksop College. Panalist's Rosie Winterton MP, Mark Simmonds MP and Lisa Gee, Director of the Harley Foundation  (w110328-3a)

BBC School's Question Time at Worksop College. Panalist's Rosie Winterton MP, Mark Simmonds MP and Lisa Gee, Director of the Harley Foundation (w110328-3a)

And they put on such a good show that the college is one of four winning schools that can send two pupils each to join the team producing the Schools Question Time programme on the BBC in July.

Labour MP for Doncaster Rosie Winterton and Conservative Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds were joined on the panel by Lisa Gee, the director of the Harley Foundation in Welbeck, and two students from the college.

They faced a series of tough questions from the audience on topics including the Coalition Government, tuition fees and military action in Libya.

Schools Question Time aims to give young people a chance to take part in activities that encourage them to become active and informed citizens and be in with a chance of helping produce an episode of the show.

After taking part last year, two pupils at the college once again decided to enter the competition.

“We entered the competition last year and got through to the final 15 but didn’t quite win so Luke and I, in our final year of school, wanted to give it another go,” said organiser Will Woods.

“Hopefully, two members of the school will take it over next year.”

“We were extremely happy with how it went. The warm-up panel and chairman did extremely well but the audience didn’t get warmed up and therefore made their job twice as hard.”

He added: “The audience did get stuck in later into the debate and it was great to have so many comments as well as tweets and emails from people listening live to our audio stream.”