A debating role play

The debating role play is an interactive; hands on way for students to learn about the process of law-making and better understand and experience some of the various roles within the structure of Parliament. It has been designed for students Years 6 to 8 and works best with a class group of at least 25.

About the role play programme

This two and a half hour programme can be booked in morning times only. Following a brief overview of how Parliament works students visit the debating chamber and a select committee room before returning to the Education Centre’s mock debating chamber. Roles are assigned, a Government and Opposition formed and leaders chosen. Some students will take on the roles of House officials and the press while others will take the role of MPs. Students have the opportunity, complete with costumes and props, to prepare for and carry out the various roles including the writing of speeches in order to debate a mock piece of legislation leading to a final vote.

This programme offers a variety of experiences which cater for a range of students. Support is given tailored to the needs of the group.

Group size

Maximum group size is 42 including adults. The programme is not suitable for groups of less than 20. Standard adult to student ratios apply.

Preparing for the role play

Once your role play has been confirmed information will be sent out to you with suggestions for how best to prepare your students for their role play before they come. There will be a choice of mock bills for you to discuss and you may wish to choose which one your class will debate when they visit.

Planning and Booking your visit

Bookings are essential. Contact Education Services (F: +64 4 472 8206 or T: +64 4 817 9565) as early as possible once you have a visit in mind so we can help with planning your visit and find the best dates for your group.

To request a booking, download the booking form from the ‘Related content 'area below, complete the fields, and fax or email the form to us. Please ensure that you indicate the name of the programme you wish to book. We’ll contact you as soon as we can to confirm if your choice of time is available or discuss other options.

We also provide a risk assessment management (RAMs) form and an Education Services Visit Guideline to support your visit.