A group of students from Peter Symonds College’s Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) activity group held a PPE conference for Year 10 students from three local schools to inspire them to consider the subject as an option at A level.
Approximately 45 Year 10 students from Westgate, Henry Beaufort and Test Valley schools attended the conference, which began with a general introduction to PPE using the FIFA World Cup as an example. Students then split into smaller groups and attended separate workshops on Politics, Philosophy and Economics before regrouping for a debate covering all three strands to discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal, followed by a PPE Q&A session.
Serena Al Jabbar, one of the Symonds students organising the conference, said, “This was a great opportunity to use the skills we have learnt over the last year to explain to younger students what PPE entails and to open it up to them as an option to study at College. I would like to encourage more Year 10 students to consider PPE to improve the diversity of students studying it.” Another student added “We had some great feedback and it was brilliant to be involved in the project from start to finish. I would have really appreciated an opportunity like this when I was in Year 10.”
Year 10 students commenting on their experience said “This was great fun, I loved the interaction and learnt something I wouldn’t have otherwise”; “I loved the friendly, informal tone”, “This day has confirmed that this is something I’d be interested in and it was really helpful to look into it.”
Louise Pears, teacher at Peter Symonds College, said “Our students did an amazing job at planning and delivering the day of activities and passing on their passion for the subjects that they study. I am immensely proud of them.”