Student Parliament

Student Parliament programme

Student debates with a difference. Young people in years 7-13 will gain a fantastic insight into how Parliament works as they run their own debate in the Palace of Westminster.

Student Parliament visits

These lively debates encourage active student participation while following rules and conventions of debate used in either the House of Commons or House of Lords.

In the grand setting of a parliamentary committee room:

  • Four schools participate in every debate (16 students from each school)
  • Visits last approximately three hours with time for a short refreshment break
  • Each debate is year-group specific so content can be focused appropriately

Please note students are required to research their debate topic and write and practise their speeches in advance of their visit.

Upon request your Student Parliament can be combined with a visit to a public gallery to watch a Commons or Lords debate, if available.

Available dates for 2013

The final dates for our Student Parliaments in 2013 have been announced.  They will be held, using the procedures and rules stated, as follows:

  • 8 November - Year 13 - Commons procedures
  • 22 November - Year 12 - Commons procedures
  • 6 December - Year 11 - Commons procedures

The on-line booking application will  be availble from the beginning of September 2013.



Booking and enquiries

Education Service
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 2TT
020 7219 4496
9am Monday - 5pm Friday

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Award-winning school visits

Our visit programmes are designed to support citizenship education, political literacy and the national curricula across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2010