People's Parliament tour and workshop

People's Parliament tour and workshop

Tour and workshop exploring how members of the public have made an impact on UK Parliament.

About the People's Parliament 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 7-11: Years 3-6 (England and Wales) Y4-Y7 (Northern Ireland) P3-P7 (Scotland)

What role has protest and ‘people power’ played in the evolution of Parliament?

Your pupils will explore this question after viewing a 360 degree re-enactment putting them in the front row of a dramatic Parliamentary event of the past.

Join Muriel Matters and her fellow suffragists of the Women’s Freedom League in 1908, protesting from the Ladies’ Gallery in the Commons for women’s right to vote. 

The related workshop will discuss themes of public intervention and growing demand for increasing representation. 

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

What do you think is the most important issue facing young people today? 

In this workshop, pupils will consider this question, experience historic events from Parliament’s past in our immersive 360° projection space and see how popular protest has led to change.  

After meeting suffragettes in the Ladies’ Gallery of the House of Commons, pupils will plan their own campaign and justify their choice of action, presenting their ideas and evaluating the effectiveness of different protest methods. 

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

In this workshop, pupils will examine the role of pressure groups at Parliament. As they take a front row seat for historic events from Parliament’s past, in our 360° immersive projection space, students will meet Muriel Matters and her fellow suffragists as they exert pressure on the House of Commons, to gain votes for women.   

Pupils will explore different types of pressure groups, using terms such as causal and sectional, insider and outsider, and evaluate the effectiveness of real life campaigns and the impact they have had on Parliament and our democracy.  

Please note: The films contain some loud sounds and flashing images.

Your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your students 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 for 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.