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House of Lords engagement programme

The House of Lords engagement programme connects members of the Lords with new audiences, particularly young people, and opens up new ways of explaining the work of Parliament's second chamber. 

Debating Matters event

Sixth-form students from four schools will battle it out for the title of Debating Matters House of Lords Champions 2023 at a day of debate at the House of Lords on Friday 10 March. 

Four schools will take part in three debates:

  • Debate one: Social egg freezing empowers women
  • Debate two: Skills gap – too many people are going to university
  • Debate three (the final): Tech companies should act to stop online misinformation

Members of the House of Lords will participate as judges of the debates. 

Learn with the Lords

Learn with the Lords provides a range of opportunities for young people aged 7 to 18 to engage with members of the House of Lords.

Through online and in-person sessions and events, members enrich classroom learning by explaining the wide range of crucial work that takes place in the House of Lords. Members from all walks of life take part, including former teachers, scientists, lawyers, cabinet ministers and senior civil servants.

There are different types of Learn with the Lords events:

Learn with the Lords online 

In a 40 minute Microsoft Teams video call, school groups and home educators put their questions to a member of the House of Lords. Since launching in 2020, this branch of the programme has connected nearly 20,000 young people, from across the UK, with a Baroness or Lord. 

Learn with the Lords in school

A two hour in-person visit by a member of the House of Lords to a secondary school or college. The member's presentation is curriculum-linked and focusses on the role, membership and work of the Lords, followed by questions from students. 

Learn with the Lords in Parliament

Students visiting the UK Parliament are given the chance to hear first-hand from a member of the Lords. These question and answer sessions take place in the UK Parliament Education Centre for 20 minutes on certain Fridays.

Learn with the Lords Question Time

Learn with the Lords Question Time is an online panel event open to young people aged 14 to 18. A panel of four members who reflect the House's political diversity discuss a curriculum-linked topic and questions from students follow, which schools can submit in advance.

Learn with the Lords shadowing days

Shadowing days are where small groups of young people come to the UK Parliament to shadow a member at work for a day in the House of Lords.

Shadowing days give students an opportunity to see first-hand the breadth of work that members carry out day-to-day in the House of Lords, checking and challenging the work of government. Students from Benton Park School in Leeds were the latest to take part in this on Thursday 26 January. Learn about the previous Lords shadowing day with Girlguiding UK

Book Learn with the Lords

Teachers, schools and home educators can book Learn with the Lords events on the UK Parliament Learning website.

Contact Learn with the Lords

Email learnwiththelords@parliament.uk for further information and enquiries about the Learn with the Lords programme. 

House of Lords Chamber Event

The House of Lords chamber has opened its doors for inter-generational public debating events involving people from across the UK, as well as members of civic organisations and charities.

Chamber Event debates are chaired by the Lord Speaker and the subjects debated cover a wide range of topics. 

UK Parliament Week

Parliament Week takes place every year in November. It engages people from across the UK with the work of the UK Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.

Get involved online

Get involved with chamber, committee and engagement work online. Follow the House of Lords on social media.

Further information

Image: Copyright House of Lords 2022

 

Lords enquiry service

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

  • Telephone: 0800 223 0855 (Freephone) or 020 7219 3107
  • Email: hlinfo@parliament.uk
  • Text Relay: 18001 7219 3107