On the 23rd of April, the semi-finalists and finalists of this year’s Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the Lloyd’s Community Programme, were treated to a tour of the Houses of Parliament, courtesy of Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse. Jim is a historic supporter of the competition and did a wonderful job of hosting our pupils from Langdon Park, Central Foundation Girls’ School, Morpeth School, Green Spring Academy and Mulberry School for Girls.
The tour began in Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate. Pupils loved seeing the nod to the suffragettes in a contemporary light sculpture, who certainly were aspirational figures who spoke passionately about what they believed in. Standing in the House of Lords and the House of Commons was a surreal experience for everyone; learning the protocol for speaking in these rooms was fascinating with some students starting to call each other ‘The right honourable gentleman/woman’…! Public speaking was really brought to life by our tour as we were standing in the shoes of many great politicians.
The group were invited to a Q&A with Jim after the tour. He gave the pupils some excellent employability skills advice, telling them that their image, presentation and confidence to engage others is fundamental in standing out from the crowd. As an MP, Jim has had to project his voice to over 80,000 constituents and respond articulately to their concerns. Any kind of public speaking practice or persuasive techniques taught in schools should be jumped upon as an opportunity by pupils – and that’s exactly what our pupils did! They then quizzed Jim on social housing in Tower Hamlets, parliamentary careers, the effect Brexit will have on young people and how employment is changing. After a quick photo opportunity, our time at the Houses of Parliament came to a close.
A final well done to our pupils and thank you to Jim Fitzpatrick – what a wonderful, aspiration raising day!
Posted April 16, 2019
On Wednesday December 5th, Tower Hamlets EBP and Barclays came together to host an Alumni Networking event for 25 of our talented alumni members. The event was opened by Esra Turk (MD at Barclays & Trustee at THEBP) who shared some inspirational words about her own story of growing up as a young adult and […]
Posted April 15, 2019
Congratulations and thank you to Michelle Quest, one of our wonderful Trustees, who raised over £1,400 for Tower Hamlets EBP by running in the New York Marathon. All the staff at THEBP and the young people of Tower Hamlets that will benefit from this donation, are very grateful!
Posted April 4, 2019
At the end of March we said goodbye to our superstar intern Nahyan Islam, who spent the last few months supporting the team at Tower Hamlets EBP, and who has just been accepted to do a PGCE at UCL! Before he left to start this new, exciting chapter, we caught up with him to ask […]