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. 

Tour and workshop (2hr 15min)

Representation and voting

Ages 7-16

How do we elect our MPs? The process of electing MPs in a UK general election is explored in this interactive session as students will stand for election. Representing imagined constituencies, pupils join fictional political parties, and create their own manifestos before presenting them to the class to vote on. Students will gain an understanding of how the UK general elections work and how MPs gain their seats by recreating the electoral process.

Ages 16-18

Students will learn about different voting principles used in the UK, including First Past the Post, Proportional Representation and the Additional Member System. Students will have the opportunity to design their own party manifestos in the process and hold a mock General Election on a fictional island. A consideration of the merits and pitfalls of each electoral system will be considered as students reach a conclusion as to which electoral system they prefer.

Laws and debating

Ages 7-18

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 journey of a bill, encouraging diverse points of view in an active debate through role play. Focusing on a topic, the students will take the bill through the House of Commons and The House of Lords. Pupils will gain an understanding of the democratic process of law making and enhance their debating skills and feel empowered to influence, shape decisions that affect their lives to be active citizens in our thriving democracy.

People’s Parliament

 Ages 7-11 

Explore how people in the past and today have helped to shape the laws that are made by the UK Parliament. Students will examine principles of fairness and equality through an interactive voting activity. The workshop includes a 360 degrees film of the suffragettes to help explore how individuals and groups have made a difference. 

Ages 11-16 

Explore how people in the past and today have helped to shape the laws that are made by the UK Parliament. Students will consider the issues that matter to them and explore how they can raise awareness about these and present their ideas. The workshop includes a 360 degrees film of the suffragettes to help explore how individuals and groups have made a difference. 

Ages 16-18 

Designed for post-16 politics students; students will compare historical and contemporary examples of Pressure Groups, Lobby Groups, and a Think Tank, in analysing to what extent they play a role in influencing government policy. Students will use a physical axis as a scale to consider the strengths and methods of each group. Students will also have the opportunity to watch a 360-degree immersive film about the suffragettes to explore how individuals and groups have made a difference. 

Campaigning and Parliament

Ages 7-11

The workshop explores 3 levels of government (local, devolved and national). Students will understand the different governments’ responsibilities. They will explore campaign methods and how they can get involved in their democracy.

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 before going on a tour of the building, finishing in Westminster Hall.

Autumn Term 2022- open

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Summer Term 2022

Book for availability until July