Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only
The experience begins with a specially tailored tour of the Palace of Westminster. It focuses on the evolution, structure and function of the select committee system and includes a visit to a select committee room.
Building on the context set by the tour, pupils will explore their opinions about select committees using primary sources to prepare their arguments for a debate on the motion:
‘Select committees are an effective and efficient way of scrutinising the government’.
This session assumes some knowledge about the structure and function of Parliament.
Suggested topical reading
A recent article assessing the impact of parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons.
N.B.: 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 chamber
- 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
N.B.: For this programme, your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.
Visiting times and information
Open to: Government and Politics pupils aged 16-18
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dates: Autumn Term, on the following Fridays: 14th October, 4th & 25th November, and 2nd & 16th December 2016 – see times for each date below
Time: 12:30-14:45 (2 slots) on 4th November and 2nd December
14:00-16:15 (2 slots) on 14th October, 25th November and 16th December
Places per session: 32 (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 ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 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 SEN - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
How to book
Online applications for autumn term 2016 (October to December) have now closed, all applicants (successful or not ) will be notified by Friday 10 June 2016.
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..
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
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