This Political Science school trip gets students engaged with workshops, Q&As and school visits, allowing students to develop an understanding of British politics through experiential learning activities. Here’s our Politics educational tour program at a glance:
- Day 1: Museum of London, Prisoner’s Dilemma at the Southbank Centre, South Bank
- Day 2: Palace of Westminster (House of Commons & House of Lords), parliamentary debate, Supreme Court tour & appeal
- Day 3: LSE tour, East London street art tour, Hyde Park
- Day 4: Cambridge Day Trip: city tour, punting, Great St Mary’s Church, Market Square, photo scavenger hunt
- Day 5: London school visit, political debate, social enterprise/start-up speaker & workshop, Oxford Street
- Day 6: Olympic Park, afternoon tea
Like what you see? Discover London’s complex political climate in the detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: South Bank
Step off the plane, head to your accommodation and make pals with your guide. They’ll give you a trip briefing and get you up to speed with trip rules and safety guidelines.
Now you’re prepped, get exploring! Visit the Museum of London, where you can refresh your memory of the city’s history.
Play a games-based learning activity at the Southbank Centre. It’s called the Prisoner’s Dilemma and is designed to increase your understanding of political theory. Then, head outside and stroll down the South Bank, London’s vibrant cultural district peppered with historical sites, vendors and street performers.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner of traditional British food like fish & chips.
Day 2: The Palace of Westminster & The Supreme Court
Head to the Palace of Westminster and learn all about the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where the British Parliament sits. Depending on availability, there might even be a chance to watch a debate in which MPs discuss current issues.
Next, take a tour of the Supreme Court, where what is legal is contested and where issues relevant to wider society get decided on. You might get to see an appeal, dependent on the court schedule and seating availability.
Day 3: LSE
Tour the London School of Economics and Political Science, led by a current student. Get a taste of the student life and the courses on offer at this world-renowned university. Then, head over to East London, for a guided walking tour of its street art scene to see how art is used to make political statements.
Make your way to Hyde Park and admire the lush gardens. Try and deliver a speech at Speaker’s Corner to persuade others on an issue of your choice.
Day 4: Cambridge Day Trip
Hop on your transfer as you make your way to Cambridge (2 hours by coach). Led by a former Cambridge student, take a walking tour of the city and its many colleges. Then it’s a must-do in Cambridge: go punting (Cambridge slang for rowing) on the River Cam. Enjoy fantastic views of the college “backs” and Cambridge’s bridges as you meander through the city.
Climb the steps to the top of Great St Mary’s Church, before enjoying the hustle and bustle of Market Square. Take part in The Learning Adventure’s photo scavenger hunt challenge.
After a jam-packed day, it’s time to head back to London.
Day 5: School Visit
Visit a London school, specifically matched to meet your educational interests. Typically, students will take a school tour, join some lessons, play sports and engage in a political debate with the local students.
Hear from a social enterprise or start-up on challenging the status quo through business. The speaker will talk about setting up a start-up with a conscience, as well as the challenges and aims of their organisation. Have some questions prepped for the Q&A session and get involved in the curated workshop.
You’ve seen it in the movies, now it’s time to stand in Oxford Street and marvel at the bright lights of the city centre! This is your chance to grab some last-minute souvenirs.
Day 6: Farewell, London!
Squeeze in a visit to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on your final morning. It’s a sporting complex that was built for the 2012 Olympics. Feel like an Olympian as you play sports at the Copper Box Arena gym or go swimming in the Olympic swimming pool.
Finish up with a traditional British afternoon tea. Debrief and participate in a reflection session. Then, it’s home time. But it’s not over …the UK’s vibrant political world will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!