Please note that this visit is available to UK schools and groups only
This programme starts with a tour of the Palace of Westminster.The UK 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.
Age 16-18: Government and Politics/Modern Studies students
The experience begins with a specially tailored tour of the Palace of Westminster. It focuses on scrutiny within Parliament and the function of the Select Committee system and includes a visit to a Select Committee room.
Building on the context set by the tour, pupils will explore their opinions about Select Committees using primary sources to prepare their arguments for a debate on the motion: ‘Select Committees are an effective and efficient way of scrutinising the Government’.
This session assumes some knowledge about the structure and function of Parliament and Government, including an awareness of Select Committees.
How to book
Autumn term 2019
Online Bookings are now closed and the team will be busy allocating visits from 8 May 2019. This usually takes between 2-4 weeks to complete. Please note that we do not operate on a first come first served basis and all applications will be randomised before allocation begins.
Additional dates in the summer term 2019 can be found on our short notice visits page.
Open to: UK children only up to a group size of 36, including adults and students.
Before you visit
Visit our school and group visit information page to find out all you need to know before visiting the UK Parliament.
We welcome visits from groups with SEND, including groups from Pupil Referral Units. Please contact our team to discuss your specific requirements and adaptations you may need. We also have an SEND Quiet Day once a term for SEND school groups. Parliament has a hoist toilet, please let us know in advance if you would require access to this.
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.