Denstone College Prep School teacher selected to be a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador

Mrs Emmerson-Friend, a teacher from Denstone College Prep School near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, has been selected to attend “Teachers’ Institute” at the Houses of Parliament.

Since its launch in 2006, “Teachers’ Institute” has trained more than 700 teachers from all parts of the UK, giving them a detailed understanding of how the House of Commons and Lords work.

Those taking part in Teachers’ Institute become UK Parliament Teacher Ambassadors following the training, and go on to teach their students and fellow education professionals about democracy and the Houses of Parliament.

Mrs Emmerson-Friend applied to Parliament’s open call and was selected from more than 170 applicants to attend the three-day training event in Parliament.  Fully funded by Parliament’s Education Service, Mrs Emmerson-Friend will question the House of Commons Speaker and the Lord Speaker, and hear from parliamentarians of all parties about their work in the Commons and Lords.

Rt Hon Lord Fowler, The Lord Speaker, said:
“Teachers’ Institute is exceptionally well-regarded by the participants each year, and I welcome the opportunity to explain the work of the House of Lords to such an appreciative audience.”

Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:
“I am proud that this excellent initiative continues to provide such an invaluable service. Better engagement and dialogue with young people is of fundamental importance to our democracy, and I am sure that the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassadors attending Teachers’ Institute will find the experience both useful and enlightening”

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton & Uttoxeter said:
“I am delighted that Mrs Emmerson-Friend, a teacher from my constituency, has been selected as a UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador.  Teachers have so many opportunities to engage young people with Parliament and democracy, and I am sure that the students in Denstone College Prep School will benefit from Mrs Emmerson-Friend’s experience at Teachers’ Institute”

Editor’s Notes

  1. Mrs Emmerson-Friend will attend “Teachers’ Institute” from 22 – 24 January 2018. If you would like to organise an interview with Denstone College Prep School during Teachers’ Institute pleased contact Media Relations Team, | 0207 219 0969. To speak with Mrs Emmerson-Friend please contact the school directly.
  1. A number of participants – including Mrs Emmerson-Friend under @ Denstone_Prep – will be tweeting about their experience of “Teachers’ Institute” using the hashtag #TeachUKParl
  1. Find out more about “Teachers’ Institute and the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme” here:
  2. Parliament’s Education Service works with schools and Members of both Houses of Parliament to support young people in developing their understanding of Parliament and democracy. Offering free programmes and resources, Parliament’s Education Service informs young people about the role, work and history of Parliament through educational visits, tours, publications, outreach and competitions.   It connects young people with Parliament and democracy today through active learning, and empowers young people to get involved by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to take part in their democracy. For more information about other programmes available from Parliament’s Education Service, visit