Baroness gives pupils insight into parliament

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A SOUTH Yorkshire special school had a special visitor – Baroness Estelle Morris, who talked to students about her work in the House of Lords.

The Baroness was welcomed at the Robert Ogden School in Thurnscoe, which is run by the National Autistic Society.

Following a tour of the school and a special assembly, she met with pupils aged 15 to 17 to give them an insight into political life and answer their questions.

The school is the largest in the UK for children with autism, with one per cent of youngsters affected in the UK.

Mrs Morris, now Baroness Morris of Yardley, is a Labour peer who was the MP for Birmingham Yardley from 1992 to 2005, and served briefly in the Cabinet as Education Secretary.

Head of school Khursh Khan said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Baroness and tell her about the ways we support people with autism.

“This was also a great chance for students with autism to find out about the parliamentary system. The Baroness shared her experience of being Education Secretary and the children enjoyed a real insight into UK politics.”