About making laws workshops
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.
The visit begins with an awe-inspiring tour of the Palace of Westminster which introduces the concepts of democracy and representation along with the essential vocabulary students will need to talk about Parliament.
Because the Palace is the home of our working Parliament we cannot always show you everything.
Your visit might include:
- The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
- A visit to the public gallery to observe the MPs or Lords working
- Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
- Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.
After the tour the action moves to one of our comfy workshop spaces. Here the session begins with an interactive plenary quiz which uses voting pod technology to encourage participation from all students and consolidate the primary learning outcomes of the tour.
For key stage 2 students the specific focus of this session 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.
For key stage 3 students the specific focus of this session 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 a debate where they may have to understand and represent views with which they may not agree, and learns about the role of the Commons, the Lords and the monarch in making a law.
For key stage 4 and 5 students the specific focus of this session is how Parliament makes laws so students choose either anti-social behaviour or climate change as the subject of a prospective bill. Through the course of the session students consider how the public, MPs, Peers and the monarch shape our laws and evaluate the role played by Parliamentary processes.
NB: For this programme 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 and we find that this is possible around 60% of the time.Please note that during the Dissolution and General Election period in April and early May 2015, there will be no MPs in Parliament, so the Education Service will be unable to invite them to your visit if it falls during this time.
Visiting times and information
Open to: UK students from Key Stage 2 to 5
Places per session: 32 (to include students and teachers)
Dates: See 'How to Book' section below
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Tours with Making Laws workshops will run at the following times from Monday - Friday
09:30 - 11:45
09:45 - 12:00
10:00 - 12:15 (Monday & Friday only)
11:00 - 13:15
11:15 - 13:30
11:30 - 13:45 (Friday only)
12:30 - 14:45
12:45 - 15:00
13:00 - 15:15 (Friday only)
14:00 - 16:15
14:15 - 16:30
NB These times will be dependent on other programmes running
How to book
Bookings for making laws workshops and tours are taken through our telephone bookings days. We advise that you note the booking line opening date for the term you're interested in:
- Spring term for visits 5 January - 27 March 2015 is now fully booked
- (NB : Education programmes will not run 16-20 February 2015)
- Summer term 2015 for visits 13 April - 21 July 2015 (excluding 4 May, 18-20 May, 25 - 29 May and 1 - 3 June ) now fully booked.
- Our next bookings day is Thursday 30 April 2015 for Autumn term - dates tbc. Lines open at 8:30 am
- On the day please call 020 7219 4496 and we can only take requests via telephone, not email.
Before calling our telephone line on bookings day, make sure you know what to expect by reading ourinformation for bookings day
Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs