PUPILS gained an insight into politics and parliamentary life when a member of the House of Lords paid a visit.
Labour peer Lord Young of Norwood Green met five students at the Sybil Elgar School for autistic children in Havelock Road, Southall.
The 11 to 18-year-olds were also able to share their experiences of education in the borough with him on Tuesday (14).
Chloe Phillips, principal at the school run by the National Autistic Society, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for students with autism to meet someone who knows the parliamentary system inside and out and learn more about UK politics.”
Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person makes sense of the outside world and interacts with others. The National Autistic Society aims to help affected people to live as independently as possible.
As well as the school in Southall, they teach 16 to 19-year-olds within Acton College and run accommodation for weekly boarding or short stays near Hanger Hill Park, Ealing.
Lord Young is the Opposition Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills. His visit was part of the Lord Speaker's Peers in Schools, a national project which sends peers to schools to support the teaching of citizenship and social studies, and encourage students to learn more about politics.