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 for details, see How to Book info below for autumn term 2016
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. If you are booking for under 15 people in total (including adults), please be aware that we may combine your group with another of the same age in order to share to visit.
However, we welcome pupils with special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
If you think your pupils may be anxious about their visit, you can go through the visit with them before the trip, in class, with our downloadable visit story.
How to book
Bookings for Your Voice workshops and tours are taken through our telephone bookings days.
We are currently booking for:
- You can check what availability we have left for Summer term 2016 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 020 7219 4496.
- We will be booking for Spring Term 2017 in September 2016. Spring term dates are between Tuesday 3rd January to Friday 31st March (expecting half term 13th February - 17th February).
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
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs