What is Ask the Speaker?

Ask the Speaker is a live online Q&A session for students aged 7 to 18.

Your pupils will put their questions to the Speaker, or one of the Deputy Speakers, of the House of Commons.

The Speaker, and Deputy Speakers, chair debates in the Commons chamber. They are elected by other Members of Parliament. During debates they keep order and call MPs to speak.

The session is a unique and exciting opportunity for your students to learn more about the role and function of the UK Parliament.

How do the sessions work?

You will connect with your Speaker via Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via a browser. You will be sent a joining link and complete a test call with our team the week before your session.

You will need a laptop or tablet connected to a large screen with speakers (such as an interactive whiteboard or large projector screen). It is important that pupils can hear the session as they will be asking questions throughout. Students isolating at home can also join the session.

Who can take part?

Ask the Speaker is open to all school students aged 7 to 18. The session is not yet available to Home Education groups.

What’s in it for my school?

Taking part in an Ask the Speaker session will help you reach your curriculum aims. Your students will build an understanding of the essential role of the House of Commons and UK Parliament as a whole. When your session is confirmed we will send you resources, to fit the time you have, to help your group prepare.

Please read the information below before applying for an Ask the Speaker session:

If you have any further questions, please contact askthespeaker@parliament.uk

Apply for an Ask the Speaker session

Please note that schools will be selected for an Ask the Speaker session based on demographic factors and previous engagement with UK Parliament.

Please also note that there are a limited number of Ask the Speaker sessions available, and all sessions are subject to parliamentary business. We will contact you as soon as possible if your session needs to be cancelled or rearranged.

Apply for an Ask the Speaker session