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 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'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

Open to: UK pupils only 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.

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.

Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit

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Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate

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Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs

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Online Tour of Parliament

State schools planning to visit Parliament may be eligible to have their travel costs subsidised under this scheme.