UK Parliament launches free online workshops for 7-18 year olds during Coronavirus outbreak
UK Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service has launched a series of free workshops to help young people aged 7-18 learn about the work of UK Parliament this summer.
These private, curricula-linked sessions are open for home educators and teachers to book now for September onwards. They are accessible to students whether they are at home or in the classroom and designed to be broadcast live so questions can be asked throughout.
Hosted by Parliament’s trained education staff, the 45-60 minute workshops are available to both primary and secondary level educators, covering topics across the UK curricula.
Pitched at different age groups, young people taking part in the online sessions will find out more about their Member of Parliament (MP), how they represent them in the House of Commons and the kind of issues they can help with. Through the chat box function, students are encouraged to discuss what qualities a person needs to have to become an MP.
Young people will also discover more about the role of members of the House of Lords and how they check the work of the House of Commons. The group then discuss who they would nominate to become a member – whether that’s someone in their class, a famous person or somebody in their local community.
The workshop for older students focuses more on the difference between Parliament and Government, the stages of a bill becoming a law, what democracy means to them and how they can get their voices heard in UK Parliament (e.g. via online petitions).
The primary and secondary sessions conclude with a fun, interactive quiz, where using the chat box, the group reflects on everything they learned in the session.
For further information and to book a session, please visit here.