An incredible space at the heart of democracy

Visiting the UK Parliament Education Centre, your students enjoy a unique learning experience and get to see history being made first-hand with a tour of the Houses of Parliament. Our fun, interactive sessions are directly integrated with the UK’s four curriculums, tailored to the age and attainment of your group.

You can find all the details for our workshops and tour only programme below.


Read our guide to help you plan your visit for group sizes and Covid-19 safety precautions. 

 

It is likely we will be opening booking requests for Summer Term 2023 in January 2023. Be the first to hear about this by signing up to the Education Newsletter.

Tour and workshop (2hr 15min)

Laws and debating

Ages 7-11

How does UK Parliament turn an idea into a law?  

In this highly interactive workshop, your students will experience the law-making process through the journey of a bill. Students will be encouraged to share diverse points of view in an active debate. Focused on one topic, your students will take the bill through the House of Commons and the House of Lords gaining an understanding of the democratic process of law making and enhancing their debating skills to feel empowered to influence and shape decisions that affect their lives in order to be active citizens in our thriving democracy.   

Ages 11-16

How does UK Parliament turn an idea into a law? In this highly interactive workshop, your students will experience the law-making process through the five stages of a bill. Students will be encouraged to share diverse points of view in an active debate. Focused on one topic, your students will take the bill through the House of Commons and the House of Lords gaining an understanding of the democratic process of law making. Students will gain an understanding the role of government, MP’S, Peers, methods of scrutiny, public consultation in the democratic process of law making and enhance their debating skills and feel empowered to influence and shape decisions that affect their lives in order to be active citizens in our thriving democracy.

Ages 16-18

How does UK Parliament turn an idea into a law? Let students experience the law-making process. This highly interactive workshop takes your class through the five stages of a bill, encouraging diverse points of view in an active debate through role play, focusing on a topic of their choice, students will take the bill through the House of Commons and The House of Lords. They will explore the role of Government and Parliament in the lawmaking process.  Examining types of bills, policy creation, public consultation and various methods of scrutiny of legislation by Parliament.  Students will feel empowered to influence those decisions that affect their lives to be active citizens in our thriving democracy. 

People’s Parliament

 Ages 7-11 

How have people in the past and today helped shape the laws that are made by the UK Parliament? Through an interactive voting activity, where they are encouraged to articulate their opinions and explain their choices, students will examine principles of fairness and equality.  Students will learn about how different opinions are considered as decisions are made at parliament. A 360 degree film of a suffragette protest at Parliament, will help your students to understand how individuals and groups can bring about change, to enable them to feel empowered to be active citizens in our democracy. 

Ages 11-16 

How have people in the past and today helped shape the laws that are made by the UK Parliament? A 360 degree film of a suffragette protest at Parliament, will help your students to understand how individuals and groups can bring about change. Students will explore how women’s rights developed across time and about democratic access. They will choose a campaign issue that is important to them and then each group will research one of four different campaign methods with current examples and present their campaign using this method. 

Ages 16-18 

Students will compare historical and contemporary examples of Pressure Groups, Lobby Groups, and Think Tanks, in analysing to what extent they play a role in influencing government policy.  

Students will use a physical axis as a scale to answer questions on methods, status, visibility and extremity of each group, and conclude whether they think one method is preferable in influencing change. Groups we will examine include Extinction Rebellion, 38 Degrees, Stonewall and The Institute of Economic Affairs.  

Tour programme (1hr 30min)

Story of Parliament

Ages 7-18

Your visit begins in the Education Centre watching a 15 minute, 360 degree film on the history of the UK Parliament which explores how our democracy developed and how it works today. This is followed by a tour of the Palace of Westminster where these themes come to life in the rooms where our democracy happens.

Bookings

Spring Term 2023

Thank you for your interest in visiting Parliament in Spring Term 2023.

Our booking request form is now closed as we process the hundreds of forms we have received. Once this has been done we will be releasing any remaining slots on our Late Notice Bookings page.

If you have submitted a booking request form and have not heard back from us yet please be assured that we are processing these as quickly as possible.

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