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Student Parliament FAQs

Student Parliament FAQs

What is the maximum number of students I can bring?
Each experience has a published capacity. For the Student Parliament debate the capacity is 16 students from each school plus teachers of which there should be no more than 5.

What is the minimum number per group?
The capacity is 16 students from each school as above. This is because of the nature of the experience, to keep the numbers of students the same for a well-balanced debate.

What ages do you cater for?
Each debate is year-group specific so content can be focused appropriately. Please check the information above for details.

Can we bring a group of university/PGCE/adult students?
University and adult groups should contact our Parliamentary Outreach team on 020 7219
1650 or your local MP who can apply for a tour permit. Find the name of your local MP. PGCE students should contact the Education Outreach team

Does the experience include a tour?
No. Upon request your Student Parliament may be combined with a visit to a public gallery to watch a Commons or Lords debate, if available.

Where do we need to come to?
Details of where you need to arrive are printed on your confirmation paperwork and these can
change term by term. Even if you have been on a visit to Parliament before - please check your paperwork so that you know which entrance to come to, if you are still unsure please call us on 020 72194496.

What happens if we are late?
Please telephone our bookings line as soon as possible on 020 7219 4496 and indicate when you expect to arrive. The visit will still finish at the published time but we will adapt the programme to include as much as possible within the time slot. Unfortunately, we are unable to flexible with end times.

Can we eat our lunch in Parliament?
We do not have the facilities for students to eat their lunches. The Palace of Westminster is a
UNESCO World Heritage Site and a working building; we do not have the flexibility other visitor attractions may have to take over space for this purpose. If the weather allows you may wish to eat lunch in nearby St James' Park. Alternatively, there are a range of cafes and restaurants nearby and a cafeteria in Westminster Hall where food can be purchased.

Is there parking available?
There is a drop off and collection point alongside the Palace of Westminster near Victoria
Tower Gardens. We are unable to provide parking spaces for vehicles anywhere on the Parliamentary Estate for reasons of security. There is a public underground car park at Abingdon Green, opposite the Victoria Tower, but it does not take coaches due to height restrictions. Details of available coach parking in central London can be found on the Transport for London website

Is there provision for groups with special educational needs?
We welcome visits from groups with SEN. Please contact our team to discuss your specific
requirements.

Is the Palace of Westminster accessible to wheelchair users?
Yes it is, although at some points along the tour an alternative route is taken. Please let us
know of any wheelchair users or mobility needs in advance of the visit so that we can ensure a smooth running visit. There are appropriate toilet facilities for wheelchair users in all buildings and along the visitor route.

Can we take photographs?
It may be possible for teachers to take photographs on certain parts of the visit. Please check
with your guide on arrival.

Do we need to contact our MP in advance?
There is no need for you to contact your MP directly. We will contact your MP in advance of your Student Parliament visit and invite them to meet your group – although please be aware that in roughly 40% of our visits the constituency MP is unavailable due to other commitments

Do you have information to help us to prepare in advance for our visit?
Visit the Teach section of Parliament's Education Service website for lesson plans, videos, games and printed resources.