BBC Question Time Broadcast from SES
On Thursday 28th January the Stamford Endowed Schools were delighted to host the BBC’s flagship political debate show, Question Time.
The panel consisted of Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley Jess Phillips, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson, author and writer for The Independent Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and CEO of M&C Saatchi Moray MacLennan. They tackled topical questions about the refugee crisis, Google and large corporations paying less tax, the costs of UK transport and the EU referendum.
Earlier in the day the face of Question Time himself, David Dimbleby, spent time with Stamford Endowed Schools Sixth Form politics students and gave them a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to become panellists and take part in their own political debate. The five student panellists had to field questions from their peers who were making up the audience.
The Question Time production team also worked with Stamford Endowed Schools Theatre Studies students during the day and allowed them to tour their production trailers and the set. This provided the students with a fascinating insight behind the scenes, including the huge tasks of transporting and building the set each week. The students had the privilege of speaking to the director about their interests in programme production and tips on how to enter the industry.
Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools, Stephen Roberts, said “We were delighted to host BBC Question Time and to see in inner workings of the programme. The students had the opportunity to meet with David Dimbleby and to take part in the rehearsal as panellists and the audience. I am sure this experience will stay with them for a long time.