22nd October 2020 — St Columba’s College was delighted to welcome Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans, to the school for the event 'In Conversation with Daisy Cooper MP'.
Mr David Waters, the Head of Sixth Form, and a student from St Columba's Sixth Form and Abbot's Hill School, had a discussion with Ms Cooper on the UK's education system. The event was livestreamed to students at St Columba’s and other local schools and their parents at home. They posed questions to her on everything from how the Government should be preparing for exams next summer, the content of RE GCSE, the Liberal Democrat's priorities for education, and how she thinks we should address the digital divide within schools and students as a result of COVID-19. The students and Ms Cooper also discussed how education can impact on student's mental health.
In the second half of the event, those watching from home had the chance to ask Ms Cooper their own questions. They went on to discuss topics including the impact of COVID-19, and how the Liberal Democrats would have responded to the crisis differently.
Daisy is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and the spokesperson for Education. She was elected as the MP for St Albans in December 2019.
Many thanks to Daisy Cooper MP and the staff and students involved in the event. It prompted an interesting discussion about the state of education during the pandemic, and how this impacts our students.