What is Parliament Week?
Parliament Week is an annual programme of events and activities that connect people across the UK with Parliament and democracy.
For 2014 Parliament Week’s theme is Do Democracy
We are inviting schools to pledge to Do Democracy in the classroom by completing just one democratic themed activity for Parliament Week this year. Tweet us your Do Democracy pledge using #parliamentweek and we’ll retweet your plans!
Here’s just a few ideas to get you started are below:
- Never visited Parliament before? Parliament’s Education Service is offering schools that have never visited Parliament before the opportunity to do so during Parliament Week 2014
- Run a School Council project. Make a change in your school or local community and tell Parliament about it by entering the Speaker’s School Council Awards
- Take the MYUK challenge. Have a go at being the Prime Minister in our interactive online game
- Host a film screening. Show one of the films hand picked by Into Film for this year’s Parliament Week. More information to come
- Create the Debate. Hold a debate in your classroom with Parliament’s Create the Debate pack, free to download from the website for Primary or Secondary students
- Invite your local MP to speak to your group about their role and quiz them on local issues that interest you
- Explore the House of Lords. Discover all you need to know about their role and work by watching the Who, What and How animations on our website.
Social Media Campaign
For Do Democracy a national social media campaign will also run during Parliament Week 2014 to find the top three issues that young people really care about. Although it has not been designed directly for schools, if you work with older students you may want to let them know they can get involved and share the issues that are important to them. Young people will be able to Tweet, Facebook or Instagram using #parliamentweek and we will share the main issues with Parliament.
There are all sorts of other ways to explore campaigning too, just a few of the Education Service resources include:
- The Campaign Trail (KS2) game challenges students to pick a cause that matters to them and convince virtual characters to support it. Along the way they may meet members of pressure groups or the media who can help to publicise their campaign.
- Political Campaigning Interactive Timeline (KS2-4) allows students to learn about key moments in the history of political campaigning.
- Campaigning resource (KS3-4) hand-out for students sets out ten methods of campaigning. The resource can be used to stimulate discussion about campaigning methods or as part of a broader task in which students run their own campaign.
Events for young people
There are lots of events taking place nationwide to celebrate Parliament Week. Find out what’s going on near your school by visiting the events page of the Parliament Week website
UK Youth Parliament debates at Westminster
Members of the UK Youth Parliament are holding a day of debates on 14 November in the House of Commons chamber. They will discuss issues chosen by young people from all over the country. Visit the UK Youth Parliament website, where more information will be available shortly.