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House of Lords engagement programme

The House of Lords Engagement Programme includes a range of activities taking place throughout the year. It gives members of the public – especially young people – the opportunity the engage directly with the work and members of the House of Lords. 

Please note that activities marked with an asterisk * are currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Learn with the Lords

Learn with the Lords is the biggest part of the Engagement Programme and represents the importance the House of Lords places on engaging pupils aged 7-18. Members of the Lords explain its work and encourage pupils to engage with Parliament through a range of events. Members, including former teachers, scientists, lawyers, cabinet ministers and civil servants take part.

Learn with the Lords: Schools*

This provides the chance for students in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges to hear first-hand from members of the Lords as they visit schools to discuss the diverse range of work the House carries out. This part of the programme (previously known as Peers in Schools) continues to grow, reaching over 2,000 schools and 100,000 students in recent years.

Learn with the Lords: Online 

Learn with the Lords Online is a new opportunity for school groups across the UK to engage with members of the House of Lords using Microsoft Teams. Students put questions to members directly for 30 minutes and learn about the House's work.

Learn with the Lords: Education Centre*

Students who are visiting Parliament are given the chance to hear first-hand from members of the House of Lords at the end of their trip. Question and answer sessions are for 20 minutes in the Education Centre on the Parliamentary Estate and take place on certain Fridays when the House of Lords isn't sitting.

Learn with the Lords: Question Time

Learn with the Lords: Question Time is an online panel event that reflects the political diversity in the House and is open to young people from across the UK. It is set to launch in UK Parliament Week in November, and will continue to take place throughout the year. It will include a discussion on two topics from the Government and Politics and Modern Studies curriculum. A live question and answer session will follow.

UK Parliament Week

1-7 November 2020

This annual festival engages people from across the UK with the UK Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved. 

House of Lords chamber event*

Every year the House of Lords chamber opens its doors for a public debating event involving young people from across the UK, as well as members of civic organisations and charities, coming together for intergenerational debates. They are the biggest engagement event of the year in the House of Lords and the debate is presided over by the Lord Speaker.

Shadowing Day *

Every year we work with partner organisations to bring young people who may not usually engage with the House of Lords into it. Members of the House spend time with small groups to talk about the work they carry out as a member of the Lords.

How to find out more and get involved in programmes

Please contact us for information and advice about taking part in the House of Lords engagement programme at learnwiththelords@parliament.uk.

 

Get involved online

House of Lords External Communications manages the Lords online content, including www.parliament.uk/lords and social media channels.

Social media

The House of Lords has its own Twitter channel – @ukhouseoflords. Staff tweet throughout the day, keeping the public up to date with question time, news from the chamber and the latest committee work.

Image and video content - promoting the core work of the House, including committee work and outreach events - is also available on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

Lords Digital Chamber

Learn more about the work of the Lords with the Lords Digital Chamber - a website featuring social media feeds from peers and political groups.

Lords enquiry service

Contact the House of Lords enquiry service with general questions about the Lords:

  • Telephone: 0800 223 0855 (Freephone) or020 7219 3107
  • Email: hlinfo@parliament.uk
  • Text Relay: 18001 7219 3107