What is Learn with the Lords: Private Members’ Bill Ballot?

Give your students the chance to watch parliamentary procedure in action!  

Private Members’ bills are public bills introduced by members of the House of Lords who are not government ministers. The names of Members applying for a bill are drawn in a ballot at the start of a new parliamentary session. Your students will watch a short presentation given by the House of Lords legislation team, before watching the ballot drawn live.  

The first 25 schools that sign up will have a name drawn from the ballot on their behalf!  

How does the session work?  

Your class will watch the event via Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via a browser or downloaded as an app. You will be sent a joining link by 9:30am on 12 May. The event will begin at 11am. To watch the event, you will need a laptop or tablet connected to a large screen with speakers.  

Your students can also join the session is they’re isolating or working remotely, you will just need to email them the joining link and they can access on their laptop, phone, or tablet.

Who can take part?

Learn with the Lords: Private Members’ Bill Ballot is open to all students aged 14 to 18. It is particularly beneficial for those studying GCSE Citizenship, Government and Politics A-Level, Law A-Level or Higher Modern Studies.  

What’s in it for my students?

This special event will help you reach your curriculum aims. The content is linked to the Citizenship GCSE, A-Level Law, A-Level Government and Politics and Higher Modern Studies curricula.  

If you have any questions about the session, please email us at: learnwiththelords@parliament.uk