About Laws and debating tour and workshop
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only
From summer term 2017
If you have a visit booked in spring 2017 (between January and March) and do not see the workshop name that you have requested. Don’t worry – just give our friendly Bookings Team a call on 020 72194496 and they will be able to answer any questions.
This programme starts with a tour of the Palace of Westminster.
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
Years 3-6 (England and Wales) P3-P7 (Scotland) Y4-Y7 (Northern Ireland) - age 7-11
The focus of this workshop is how Parliament makes laws. Pupils come up with ideas for bills to present to Parliament and simulate the process of passing one of these bills into law through active role play. The group participates in debates and votes along the way, and learns about the role of the Commons, the Lords and the monarch in making a law.Years 7-11 (England and Wales) S1-S4 (Scotland) Y8-Y12 (Northern Ireland) - age 11-16
Debating is the chosen method of discussion at the heart of Parliament and plays a major part in the law making process. After your Palace of Westminster tour, which may include watching part of a debate in one of the chambers, your workshop will focus on what makes a debate effective. By participating in group work and video analysis, pupils draw out successful debating techniques while learning about Parliament's particular styles of discussion. This programme will support pupils to form arguments, present their ideas and respond to challenges in their evidence.
Years 12-13 (England and Wales) S5-S6 (Scotland) Y13-Y14 (Northern Ireland) age 16-18
The focus of this workshop is how Parliament makes laws. Through the course of the workshop, pupils consider how the public, MPs, Peers and the monarch shape our laws and evaluate the role played by Parliamentary processes, including the committee stage.
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 7-18 (Year 3-13 England & Wales, P4-Year 14 Northern Ireland and Primary 3-Secondary 6 Scotland)
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dates: Mondays- Fridays for details, see How to Book info below.
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 for (age 7-18), 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 SEN - 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
Bookings for Laws and Debating tours and workshops are taken through our telephone bookings days.
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.
Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496.
- We have extremely limited availability for Summer term 2017 for visits between 18 April – 21 July (excepting the following dates: Mon 1-Wed 3 May, Mon 8-Wed 10 May, Mon 15-Wed 17 May, Mon 22-Wed 24 May and the week commencing Mon 29 May 2017).
- Our bookings day for autumn term is Friday 28 April 2017. Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information for bookings day
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs