An Abergavenny primary school teacher has graduated from a unique training programme to become a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador.
Matthew Dicken, who teaches at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni, attended the three-day Teachers’ Institute in Westminster this week (21-23 January).
Fully funded by Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service, participants had the opportunity to question the House of Commons Speaker and the Lord Speaker, and hear from parliamentarians of all parties about their work.
Afterwards, teachers were able to go back with the tools to develop their students’ and colleagues’ understanding of Parliament and democracy.
Monmouth MP David Davies congratulated Mr Dicken on his new role.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Matthew to Westminster to train as a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador,” he said.
“Better engagement and dialogue with young people is of fundamental importance to our democracy and I am proud Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni is playing its part in developing the leaders of tomorrow.”
Since its launch in 2006, Teachers’ Institute has trained more than 800 teachers from all parts of the UK and is exceptionally well-regarded by participants each year.
For further information, visit UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme.