Your Voice tour and workshop

Your Voice tour and workshop

Find out how your voice and the democratic system affects politics and government.

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About Your Voice workshops

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, the workshop 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 pupils, explores the responsibilities and decisions made at local, regional, national and European level.

Building on this context pupils 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: 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 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

NB: For this programme your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK pupils age 7-11 only (Year 3-6 England & Wales, P4-7 Northern Ireland and Primary 4-7 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Mondays-Fridays between Monday 11 April-Wednesday 20 July 2016 (excluding Monday 2 May, Monday 9-Wednesday 11 May, Monday 16-Wednesday 18 May, Monday 23-Wednesday 25 May and Monday 30 May-Wednesday 8 June).

Time:
First tours/workshops 9:30-11:45

Last tours/workshops 15:15-17:30

Running throughout the day every 30-45 minutes

Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and adults)

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-11), for safe supervision around the estate. 

Due to high demand for our programmes, we ask for a minimum group size of 5 pupils and no more than 2 accompanying adults.

However, we welcome pupils with special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How to book

Bookings for Your Voice workshops and tours are taken through our telephone bookings days.

We are currently booking for:

  • Summer term 2016 for visits between Monday 11 April-Wednesday 20 July 2016 (excluding Monday 2 May, Monday 9-Wednesday 11 May, Monday 16-Wednesday 18 May, Monday 23-Wednesday 25 May and Monday 30 May-Wednesday 8 June) are now fully booked
  • On the day please call 0207 219 4496.  Lines open at 8:30am. Requests will only be taken via telephone, not e-mail.

Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.

Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information for bookings day

We have limited availability for bookings up to the end of spring term 2016 - please contact us on 0207 219 4496 or education@parliament.uk to discuss.

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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Related teaching resources

KS2-4, HISTORY, WHITEBOARD, WORKSHEET

Political Campaigning timeline - Houses of History

KS3-4, CITIZENSHIP, WORKSHEET

Campaigning: 10 methods for students

KS3-5, ENGLISH, CITIZENSHIP

Debating resource: Create the Debate

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