Please note that this visit is available to UK schools 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
Open to: UK Government and Politics/Modern Studies pupils, up to a group size of 32, including adults and students.
Parliament's Education Team 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.
You can check what availability we have on our Short Notice Bookings page.
Have a look at our school visit FAQs for more information.
Please note: The Select Committee experience is available on most Fridays at specific times. Please contact us for more information.
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.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs