Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury, took part in a Q&A debate with local students at Greenhead College on Friday.

Budding politicians studying Government & Politics A-level put questions to the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury, leading to a vibrant debate covering a range of topical issues.

Ms Sherriff said: “I always enjoy meeting with students from the local area to hear about the issues that matter to them, so I was really pleased to be able to join Greenhead College students. It is so important to encourage young people to get involved with politics and their community so it was great to have so many of them putting their questions to me.”

During the visit, Ms Sherriff also met with Principal Anton McGrath, who explained the difficulties being faced by the college due to delays affecting preparation for the new style A-levels. Following the Government’s controversial A-level reforms announced in 2014, teachers are still awaiting accreditation of specifications for some of the reformed GCSEs and A-levels for students commencing study in September this year.

Commenting on this Ms Sherriff said: “I will be raising this matter in Parliament -; parents, students and teachers need to be given piece of mind that the content and assessment of qualifications are determined well in advance of courses starting this year. It is essential that colleges are able to make the necessary plans for their students. “

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