About Debating in Parliament tour and workshop
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.
KS3-5 English, Citizenship
Debating is the chosen method of discussion at the heart of Parliament. After your Palace of Westminster tour, which may include watching part of a debate in one of the chambers, your workshop will focus on what makes a debate effective. By participating in group work and video analysis, pupils draw out successful debating techniques while learning about Parliament's particular styles of discussion. This programme will support pupils to form arguments, present their ideas and respond to challenges in their evidence.
Your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit. 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.
NB: 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.
Your visit might include:
- A visit to the Commons and/or Lords gallery to observe the MPs or Lords debating
- Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.
- St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
- Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
Visiting times and information
Open to: UK students Key Stage 3-5
Places per session: 32 (to include students and teachers)
Dates: Thursdays except 28 May
Time: 12:30 - 14:45 and 12:45-15:00
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
How to book
Bookings are taken on our telephone bookings days.
Spring term for visits 5 January - 27 March 2015 (excluding 16-20 February 2015) is now fully booked.
Summer term 2015 for visits 13 April - 21 July 2015 (excluding 4 May, 18-20 May, 25 - 29 May and 1 - 3 June ) only limited availability
The next bookings day/time is: Thursday 30 April 2015 for Autumn term - dates tbc
On the day, please call 020 7219 4496. We can only take requests via telephone, not email.
Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information 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