Interview: Labour Education Whip Baroness Wilcox


If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be a British peer, you're in luck.

Baroness Wilcox was elected to the House of Lords last week, making her the first woman from her party to enter the upper chamber, the Telegraph reports.

Wilcox, who was born in Birmingham and grew up in Wales, started teaching when she was 10.

"We did an awful lot of creative and artistic things, including photography and a school magazine; that was quite revolutionary and unusual for such a little valley school," she tells Tes.

"I used to try very hard to listen and understand but I couldn't switch into math and science.

I was clearly very bright but I just couldn't get that way of teaching; it was very didactic, from a textbook.

Unless you could respond to that very boring, straight, old-fashioned way of teaching, it was a struggle."

After 35 years as a teacher, Wilcox became the first woman elected to the House of Lords from Wales.

She's also the first woman from her party to enter the House of Lords from Wales.

Wilcox, who was elected to the House of Lords last week, says she's "thrilled and honored" to be the first woman

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