Seasonal offers giving your school the opportunity to tour the public areas of the Houses of Parliament and take part in a special, topical education session.
Elections season: Hustings special
A general election's on the way and this hustings-style event will help your students get in the spirit.
This seasonal offer runs on selected dates between:
- Hustings workshop has now finished for 2010
These lively sessions will cover hot policy areas and challenge students to promote and defend their opinions while listening to others' points of view. Students from participating schools will form parties, complete with name and logo, and create manifestoes. Schools will be required to submit their manifestoes in advance so students at the participating schools can analyse and prepare.
- At least two schools participate in every hustings
- Visits last approximately two and a half hours
- Each hustings is year-group specific
Sessions will be tailored for groups ranging from year 7 up to post-16. Groups are limited to a maximum of 11 students and three groups per school.
Available dates and times
Please note the hustings workshops are now closed for 2010.
Pre-visit manifesto pack
Help your students get the most out of their hustings workshop with these pre-visit resources. Each group attending will be required to submit a manifesto at least two weeks before their visit. The manifesto template (with room for party names and logos) is included below.
These resources include a full teacher's guide for running pre-visit activities, suggested campaign roles and ideas for creating policies.
After a short introduction from an MP, candidates from each party will speak for 5-10 minutes (depending on the year group) presenting their manifesto. The floor will then open to the audience, who will have the chance to question all the candidates. The MP will chair the Q&A session and declare one party the most persuasive.
Groups will then be taken on a short tour of some of the public areas around Parliament, and are more than welcome to join the public queues to watch parliamentarians debate in either of the chambers.