Monmouth MP David Davies visited InterHigh today, an online school with exam centres based in Abergavenny and Crickhowell, to deliver his ‘A Day in the Life’ presentation to students in their online common room.
The presentation offered a behind the scenes look at Parliament and the role of an MP, and involved a Q&A session afterwards.
80 students joined the lively classroom discussion, which was delivered through the virtual platform.
Mr Davies said: "I am repeatedly told more can be done by politicians to reach out to young people and I agree, which is why I thoroughly enjoy giving these talks.
"They are a great way of engaging pupils with democracy and it is refreshing to exchange views about the issues that matter to them.
“While I am used to delivering these talks in all kinds of schools, today is the first time I have done it virtually. As parents and teachers, it’s important for us to be able to cater for all students and be able to support them in learning in a way that suits them.
"Today gave great insight into how online platforms and technology can play a pivotal role in helping students engage with their study.”
InterHigh, established in 2005, is a fully interactive, online school where pupils from the UK and around the world go to school through a specialised learning platform.
The entire accredited online curriculum is taught by expert staff in live classrooms and pupils are also able to take part in clubs, societies and seminars.
InterHigh currently has around 1,300 pupils between the ages of 8 to 19.
Jacqueline Daniell, CEO of InterHigh, added: "We were delighted to host Mr Davies at InterHigh. It’s important for young people to understand and be engaged with our political system – it’s an essential part of their learning.
“We would like to thank Mr Davies for taking the time to speak to our students. At InterHigh, we provide our students with a variety of opportunities to engage with guest speakers from a wide variety of fields.
"Hosting talks like this – as well as many other types of creative activities – in a virtual environment means they can access content in an engaging, interactive and relevant way that appeals to them.”
A wide range of age groups and cultures joined Mr Davies for a vibrant discussion from Boris and Brexit to ministers and Maseratis!