Laws and Debating tour and workshop

Laws and Debating tour and workshop
A tour and workshop looking at how the UK Parliament makes laws and the part debating plays in the legislation process.

About Laws and Debating tour and workshop

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools and groups only

This programme starts with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. 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 5-7: Years 1-2 (England and Wales) Y2-Y3 (Northern Ireland) P2-P3 (Scotland)

After discussing the importance of rules, students will re-enact the main stages a Bill has to go through to become an Act of Parliament. Through object handling, interactive games, and immersive role-play, your pupils will leave their workshop with an understanding of debate and scrutiny. With teamwork and lively discussion throughout, everyone has a part to play in Laws and Debating.

Age 7-11: Years 3-6 (England and Wales) Y4-Y7 (Northern Ireland) P3-P7 (Scotland)

The focus of this workshop is how Parliament makes laws. Pupils come up with ideas for bills to present to Parliament and simulate the process of passing one of these bills into law through active role play. The group participates in debates and votes along the way, and learns about the role of the Commons, the Lords and the monarch in making a law.

Age 11-16: Years 7-11 (England and Wales) Y8-Y12 (Northern Ireland) S1-S4 (Scotland) 

Through the course of the workshop, pupils consider how the public, MPs, Peers and the monarch shape our laws. Students will simulate the process of passing one of these bills into law through active role play, participating in debates and votes along the way. 

Age 16-18: Years 12-13 (England and Wales) Y13-Y14 (Northern Ireland) S5-S6 (Scotland)

The focus of this workshop is how Parliament makes laws. Through the course of the workshop, pupils consider how the public, MPs, Peers and the Monarch shape our laws and evaluate the role played by Parliamentary processes, including the Committee stage.

All visits

For this programme, your school or group's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP's availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.

How to book

Spring Term 2020

Applications for Spring Term 2020 are now open and will close on Monday 16 September 2019 at midday. The applications work on an allocation basis and are not first come first served. Please complete the online application form before the closing date to apply.

Additional dates in the autumn 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.

SEND

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.