Education

Education

One of The Supreme Court's key aims is to educate and inspire people about the UK justice system and so we offer a range of activities and resources to give students an insight into the workings of the UK's highest court of appeal.

UK Supreme Court Student Writing Competition 2017

Have you recently been on a tour of the UK Supreme Court with your school? Did your visit spark an interest in the law? Are you considering studying law at university? Or perhaps you have a general interest in how the justice system works here in the UK.

If you're a year 12 or 13 student in England or Wales, S5 or S6 in Scotland or Year 13 or 14 in Northern Ireland and the answer to any of these questions is yes, you might be interested in entering the first ever UK Supreme Court Student Writing Competition.

The winner will get a £100 Book Voucher, spend a day at the Supreme Court and have tea with a Justice!

Please see the Student writing competition page of the website for more information.

Visits for schools, colleges and universities

We provide structured visits for groups in full-time education at UK schools, colleges and universities from Monday to Thursday.

Visits are free of charge and consist of an interactive introductory talk given by one of our Information Officers, time in our educational exhibition area and the opportunity for students to observe some of an appeal hearing (depending on the court schedule and space in the public seating areas).

Please see the Visits for schools, colleges and universities page of the website for more information.

Visits from overseas education institutions

Education institutions from overseas, organisers of summer schools arranged on a commercial basis between education organisations, English as a Foreign Language groups, and third parties who profit from organising education groups, can book an official guided tour of the court.

Please see the Visits from overseas education institutions page of the website for more information.

Debate days

Debate days

We offer debate day workshops on an occasional basis, working with groups of up to 25 students studying either GCSE or A-Level subjects (or equivalent).

Students are given a tour of the Supreme Court and then split into opposing groups to prepare for a debate which is based on a case that has previously been considered by the Court.

Please see the Debate Days page of this website for more information.

Supreme Court Moot winners with Lord Neuberger

Moots

The Supreme Court Moot Finals series runs from February to May each year, giving university law societies and graduate law schools the opportunity to hold their moot finals at the UK Supreme Court. Judged by a Supreme Court Justice, this gives the next generation of lawyers the opportunity to experience debating issues at the UK's highest court.

Please see the Moots page of this website for more information.

Learning resources

We have developed a range of learning resources for schools, colleges and universities to complement visits to the Court.

Please see the Learning Resources page of this website for more information.

Students and teachers looking for an introduction to the Court and its work might find the About the Supreme Court section of this website helpful.

Introductory film

Our introductory film is primarily aimed at GCSE/Standard Grade students and explores the role and work of the Supreme Court in an accessible style. If you have arranged a trip to the Supreme Court for your students, we recommend that you show them this film before the visit, to help them make the most of their time here.

Please go to the Introductory film page to access the film.

Exhibition

Our free, permanent exhibition provides an insight into the history, role and work of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. It also covers the history of the Supreme Court building and its links with Middlesex.

Temporary exhibitions are also put on display from time to time.

Please see the Exhibition page of this website for more information

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Other opportunities near The Supreme Court

Europe House

Visit Europe House

Europe House, the UK offices of the European Parliament and European Commission, is less than ten minutes' walk from the Court (in Smith Square).

The team there offer 90-minute educational sessions designed to enhance students' learning about Europe, the European Parliament and the relationship between the UK and the EU. The politically neutral educational sessions are suitable for Key Stages 3-5, and are offered on selected days of the week, free of charge.

A class visit to Europe House complements a visit to the UK Supreme Court by offering students an insight into some of the institutions which make decisions affecting their lives and their society, and is particularly effective if organised alongside a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

For more details and booking information, please visit the Europe House website.


The Royal Courts of Justice

Students taking part in an NCCL activity

The iconic Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, houses both the Court of Appeal and the High Court. National Justice Museum Education deliver interactive learning activities in the courtrooms providing memorable educational experiences. This historic and professional environment is ideal for hands-on learning about the law, how to live within it and careers within the Justice System.

Through tours and courtroom workshops, students will discover the building, its history and explore real cases. Groups are able to re-enact historical or contemporary civil or criminal trials led by experienced legal education facilitators. Cases are relevant to many areas of the curriculum including law, history and SMSC and cover a range of key skills.

Legal professionals such as judges, barristers and solicitors are also actively involved in the programme and help enhance careers enrichment and aspirations through talks and Q&A sessions with students.

Activities are delivered every weekday throughout the year. Session times are either 10.30-12.30 or 13.00-15.00 and are suitable for: Primary, Secondary and College/University visits.

For more details and booking information, please visit the National Justice Museum Education website.


Students visiting Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Just a stone's throw from the Supreme Court is another inspiring building at the heart of national life.

With a rich tradition of Christian worship and over a thousand years of history, why not combine your visit to the Court with booking your group onto one of the professionally-led sessions (lasting around 90 minutes - 2 hours) from the Abbey's varied programme of events.

During term time, the Abbey's Education Department puts on a programme of themed events each week. Schools who wish to have a more general guided tour are welcome to visit on Mondays and Fridays when the Abbey's team of guides will be on hand.

The Abbey's programme is released a term in advance. For more details and booking information, please visit the Westminster Abbey website.

Student work experience

Please note that we do not have the staff resources to support students wishing to spend time here on work experience, and the nature of our work makes it difficult for us to permit non-staff to have access to our office systems. To be fair to everyone, we can therefore not assist with any such requests. Some alternative work experience suggestions for those interested in a career in law can be found in our FAQs section.