Your Voice workshop and tour

Your Voice workshop and tour

Your Voice school workshops teach students about how their voice and the democratic system affects politics and government.

About Your Voice 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. This 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 where the session begins with an introduction to the levels at which the UK is governed. An interactive quiz which uses voting pod technology to encourage participation from all students explores the responsibilities and decisions made at local, regional, national and European level.

Building on this context students explore ways the public can influence decision makers using an interactive game which encourages them to evaluate several common methods of campaigning as ways of getting their voices heard.

 

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 and 3 only

Places per session: 32 (to include students and teachers)

Dates: See 'How to Book' section below

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Tours with Your Voice 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 Your Voice 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 5th January - 27th March 2015 is now fully booked

(NB : Education programmes will not run 16 - 20 February 2015)

Our next bookings day is

  • Thursday 8 January 2015 for visits 13 April - 21 July 2015 (excluding 4 May, 18-20 May, 25 - 29 May and 1 - 3 June )
  • Lines open at 8:30 am
  • On the day please call 0207 219 4496 and we can only take requests via telephone, not e-mail.

    Before calling our telephone line on bookings day, make sure you know what to expect by reading 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

    Information to help you plan a safe visit

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    Map of the Parliamentary estate

    Map of the Parliamentary estate

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    Tours with workshop FAQs

    Tours with workshop FAQs

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    Schools transport subsidy

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