Political speed debating tour and workshop

Political speed debating tour and workshop

Small groups of pupils have a chance to ask questions, compare political opinions and chat informally with a range of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff from both Houses of Parliament.


Ages: Age 14-16, Age 16-19

Event Dates: Spring term

Political speed debating tour and workshop

An inspiring opportunity for pupils to meet and ask questions of a variety of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff across both Houses of Parliament.

The session will provide insight into life at the UK Parliament from those who work here, whilst allowing pupils to explore careers within the political world.

The Political Speed Debating event begins 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 and/or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the Commons and/or Lords gallery to observe the MPs or Lords debating
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate
  • St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace

Open to: UK pupils, age 14-18 (Year 10-13 England & Wales, Year 11-14 Northern Ireland and S3-S6 Scotland) 

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Times: 15:15-17:30

Dates: The following Mondays in spring 2018

22 January

26 February

19 March

Total places per session: 64 (to include pupils and adults). 

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-18), for safe supervision around the estate.

Due to the availability of this programme, we are limiting spaces to 32 (to include pupils and adults) per organisation.  Please be aware that you may share the workshop element with more than one other school. 

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

Applications for Spring 2018.

Applications for Spring 2018 have now closed. All applicants (successful or not) will be notified on the week commencing the 30 October 2017. Places will be offered through a random ballot of all applicants. Applicants from organisations that have not benefitted from a place on the programme in the last three years will be processed first.

Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit


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Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs


Related teaching resources


What is the House of Commons?


What is the House of Lords? - video


MP For A Week

State schools planning to visit Parliament may be eligible to have their travel costs subsidised under this scheme.