History of Parliament Schools Competitions 2016

The details for both of our annual schools competitions are now available! For the twelfth year running we will run competitions for 11-14 year olds (Key Stage Three) and 16-18 year olds (A level students). This year, we have changed the dates of our KS3 competition, to allow schoolchildren to take part across two school years, and the competition is based on our website schools materials.

The winners of both competitions will receive prizes of book tokens or money, and will be invited to Westminster with members of their family and teachers for the presentation of their prizes.

Our Key Stage Three competition is based on our schools materials, and has two options, each based on one set of materials. Full details, extra resources and rules can be found here.

Option one: The Reformation. We are asking entrants, using the materials on our website and those found in their local area, to write a news story on the importance of one of the Kings or Queens to the Reformation.

Option two: Political Reform. We are asking entrants, using the materials on our website, to write a newspaper article either for or against one of the major reform acts (1832 Reform Act; 1867 Reform Act; 1872 Ballot Act).

The winners of the competition will receive a prize of book tokens, and be invited with their families and teachers to Westminster to receive their prize. The closing date for the competition this year is 1 December 2016, provided that students meet the criteria noted in the rules. This will allow entries from across two school years.

For full details on how to enter, competition rules, and for resources for students, click here.

Our Sixth Form competition is again an essay competition, with the prize awarded to the best essay on a subject of the candidate's own choice related to the parliamentary or political history of Britain and Ireland.
The winner will receive a cash prize and again be invited to Westminster to receive this. Again, the closing date is after the summer holidays to give students who have just finished their GCSEs and are preparing for their A Levels a chance to enter as well. The closing date is 30 September 2016.

For full details on competition rules and how to enter, click here.

Good luck to all the entrants!