About Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshops
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only
Visits from summer term 2017
Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, the workshop begins with an introduction to the levels at which the UK is governed. An interactive quiz which uses voting pod technology to encourage participation from all pupils, explores the world of campaigning.
Building on this context, pupils consider how they can influence decision makers using an interactive game which encourages them to evaluate common methods of campaigning. By the end of the workshop they will have created their own campaign to gain understanding on how they can make sure their voice is heard in the future.
NB: Parliament is a working building and access to different parts of the Palace of Westminster, as part of your tour, will vary due to Parliamentary business.
Your visit might include:
- The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
- A visit to the public gallery to observe the MPs or Lords working
- Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
- Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate
NB: For this programme your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.
Visiting times and information
Open to: UK pupils age 7-11 only (Year 3-6 England & Wales, Y4-Y7 Northern Ireland and P3-P7 Scotland)
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
First tours/workshops 9:30-11:45
Last tours/workshops 15:15-17:30
Running throughout the day every 30-45 minutes
Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and adults)
Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-11), for safe supervision around the estate.
Due to high demand for our programmes, we ask for a minimum group size of 5 pupils and no more than 2 accompanying adults. If you are booking for under 15 people in total (including adults), please be aware that we may combine your group with another of the same age in order to share to visit.
However, we welcome pupils with special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
If you think your pupils may be anxious about their visit, you can go through the visit with them before the trip, in class, with our downloadable visit story.
How to book
Parliament’s Education Service reserves the right to cancel visits at short notice due to changes in Parliamentary Business. On the rare occasions where this is necessary, we will offer to re-book your visit.
You can check what availability we have left for Spring term 2017 & Summer term 2017 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496.
Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Information on how to book for the Autumn term 2017
The booking process for autumn term visits opens on 18 April. Booking requests will be accepted via online form only, over a period of 20 days ending on 7 May 2017.
You may submit your request at any point during this period, as visits will not be allocated until after the deadline. We reserve the right to prioritise certain requests to guarantee a proportionate geographic and demographic split of visitors. We will not be accepting any bookings for the autumn term over the phone.
Please complete the online request form between 18 April – 7 May 2017.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs