Special events and programmes

David Dimbleby and participants taking part in the Schools Question Time episode of the BBC's Question Time programme

Competitions, events and special projects for schools, supported by Parliament's Education Service. Find out about recent and ongoing events for students and teachers.


UK Youth Parliament debates at Westminster

A Member of the UK Youth Parliament taking part in a debate in the House of Commons chamberMembers of the UK Youth Parliament held a day of debates in the House of Commons chamber on 4 November 2011. The event was part of Parliament Week, a new national initiative to explore how democracy affects the lives of UK citizens and how they can participate in it.


Regional education events about Parliament

Key stage 5 students taking part in an education event about ParliamentOver the next few months, all-day events will be taking place in Manchester, Norwich and Dundee to help teachers and students find out more about Parliament. The first one, in Manchester, is designed for key stage 5 students and teachers looking for professional development.


Parliament Week 2011

A chance for schools to get involved in Parliament Week - 31 October to 6 November. This national event explores how and why the House of Commons and the House of Lords matter for everyone.


History of Parliament schools competition

History of Parliament Schools Competitions 2011Two writing competitions - one for 11-14 year olds and one for sixth formers - encouraging students to explore British and Irish parliamentary and political history. 


Press Gallery writing competition

Parliamentary Press Gallery Writing CompetitionStudents in years 10-13 from across the UK can win a trip to Westminster to meet politicians and Press Gallery journalists. This annual political writing competition is organised by the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and supported by Parliament's Education Service.


16 - 18 Conference

Sixth form students visiting ParliamentOn 23 November, 1500 sixth form students from schools and colleges around the UK came to Westminster for a day of talks, workshops and a chance to put their questions to MPs and Peers. The event, held in Methodist Central Hall on Parliament Square, was the first one-day conference organised by Parliament's Education Service for 16 to 18-year-olds.

UK Youth Parliament debate - October 2010

UK Youth Parliament debates 2008The UK Youth Parliament held a series of topical debates in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 29 October, giving young people the chance to discuss the issues that matter to them, including university tuition fees and transport costs. Over 300 11 to 18-year-olds took part, representing hundreds of thousands of young people who voted in the Youth Parliament elections.

Democracy by Design

Democracy by Design is a programme of arts projects that use communication design to engage young people with democracy and politics.

Teachers' Institute - July 2009

Teachers' Institute - July 2009Teachers from across the UK spent a week immersed in parliamentary politics at the Houses of Parliament during the annual Teachers' Institute. See some of the week's activities in the photo gallery.

Manifesto: An artist-led learning project - June 2009

Manifesto: An artist-led learning projectYear 9 students explored politics and democracy through the media of textile arts by bringing their own personal manifestos to life through screen printing.

View the project photo gallery to see what they got up to.

Women in Parliament event - March 2009

Women in Parliament event - March 2008A group of (mostly) female MPs met with 150 girls from London schools in this event to discuss and explore ways of increasing female representation in Parliament. Recommendations from the event will be presented as written evidence to the Speaker's Conference, a special committee set up by the House of Commons.


Booking and enquiries

Education Service
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 2TT
020 7219 4496

Educational games

  • Play MP For A Week

    Could you cut it as an MP? Designed for 11-16 year-olds, this game drops you into the shoes of a backbencher.

  • Play Race Against Chime

    Dangling from the world’s most famous clock you’ll need to clean its face before time expires.