Student Parliament debates

Student Parliament debates

Students gain a fantastic insight into how Parliament works as they run their own debate in the Palace of Westminster.

Student Parliament visits

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.

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 (from 10:30 to 13:30) 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.

House of Lords debate - sample timetable (PDF 31 KB)
House of Commons debate - sample timetable (PDF 25 KB)

Dates for 2014

Our Student Parliaments were held in the summer term 2014

Dates for 2015

New dates will be announced here some time in the spring term


How to book

Places will be offered through a random ballot of all applicants. Applicants from organisations that have not benefitted from a place on other Education Service programmes in the last three years will be considered first.


Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


pdf file - 545 KB

Student Parliament FAQs

Student Parliament FAQs


pdf file - 311 KB

Related teaching resources


Debating resource: Create the Debate


Parliament and government - video

KS2-5, Citizenship

Schools transport subsidy

Groups of young people making Education Visits to Parliament from UK constituencies may be eligible for a transport subsidy