It’s a rare opportunity to be able to hear nine prominent politicians speak in one day, but this is what ten 6.1 students enjoyed in Westminster last Monday at the annual A Level Politics Conference. Nigel Farage was certainly the most anticipated speaker of the day by all delegates, and we enjoyed listening to his use of rhetoric to speak persuasively and passionately, regardless of whether we agreed with his views! Other politicians speaking on the theme of the potential earthquake of next summer’s general election included William Hague, John Bercow, Tristram Hunt, Rachel Reeves and Nadine Dorries. It was refreshing to hear ‘unspun’ opinions on the impact of UKIP, the causes of voter apathy and the increasing importance of social media in campaigning.
By Ruth Tarrant, Head of Economics and Head of Government & Politics
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.