Political speed debating tour and workshop

Political speed debating tour and workshop
Small groups of pupils have a chance to ask questions, compare political opinions and chat informally with a range of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff from both Houses of Parliament.


Political speed debating tour and workshop

An inspiring opportunity for pupils to meet and ask questions of a variety of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff across both Houses of Parliament.

The Political Speed Debating event begins with a tour of the Palace of Westminster.

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:
•The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
•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

Open to: UK pupils, age 16-18 (Year 12-13 England & Wales, Year 13 Northern Ireland and S6 Scotland) 

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Times: 15:15-17:30

Dates: Tuesday 19 April and Wednesday 29 June 2016

Places per session: 64 (to include pupils and adults). 

Due to the availability of this programme, we are limiting spaces to 32 (to include pupils and adults) per organisation.  Please be aware that you may share the workshop element with more than one other school. 

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-18), for safe supervision around the estate.

How to book

We are now booking for Political Speed Debating between Monday 25 January-Friday 12 February 2016 via this online application form.  

Political Speed Debating online application form

Places will be offered through a random ballot of all applicants. Applicants from organisations that have not benefitted from a place on the programme in the last three years will be processed first.

All applicants (successful or not) will be notified by Friday 26 February 2016.


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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State schools planning to visit Parliament may be eligible to have their travel costs subsidised under this scheme.