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Welcome to our new section for 11-14 year olds and their teachers!


Here you will find all our resources to help you discover British history and the role that Parliament played in it: the MPs, the decisions they took and the places they represented.


Our resources are divided into topics. This site will be developed over the coming years, and we hope to add a number of topics on different periods of British history.


Our latest topic, Political Reform, explores the changes to the British political system between the late 18th century until the 1880s. The resources will help you learn about how Britain went from a country where only a very few, very rich people had a say in politics, to a country that was much more democratic (at least if you were a man!).


You can discover what changes were made by Parliament, explore the lives of MPs who were both for and against political reform, and learn about how ordinary people in parliamentary constituencies influenced the changes through protest.


We also include full scheme of work For Teachers that includes six distinct lesson plans that can be adapted to children of different abilities. This topic supports the new curriculum for history which now emphasises more topics on British history.



Our first topic, the Reformation, looks at the religious changes of the 16th century under the Tudors. The resources will help you learn about what happened during the Reformation and the role of Parliament under the different Tudor monarchs, explore the lives of the MPs who helped make the changes, and discover how ordinary people in parliamentary constituencies were affected by the upheaval. There are also schemes of work, resources and activity sheets for teachers and reference materials.


Don’t forget our annual competition, which runs every spring and summer. We will also keep you updated with our winners!

Feature article

Thomas Cromwell

Find out all about one of Henry VIII's most controversial ministers here.




The History of Parliament runs annual competitions in the spring and summer for 11-14 and 16-18 year olds. For information this year’s competition, and how you can enter,
please click here.