Welcome to Parliament (Members’ Staff Induction)


Welcome to Parliament.

The new joiner induction sessions are now available to book via the ACT portal if you have a new joiner in your office, please share with them.

This session will welcome you to being part of the Parliamentary community and cover essential information from key House services that will help you to settle in and get off to a good start in your new role.

If you have not yet obtained your parliamentary network access and would like to book, please contact MMSST@parliament.uk

Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Date: Tuesday 10 September 2024
Location: Online via MS Teams
Booking: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3240

NHS organisations and their inter-relationships – Caseworker Discussion Forum


Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Date: Thursday 13 June 2024
Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams

The June 2024 forum will be on the topic of NHS organisations and their inter-relationships. It will be led by Tom Powell from the Library’s Social Policy Section.

Please go here to book: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/signup.php?s=16699

Help with childcare costs – Caseworker Discussion Forum



Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2024

The May 2024 forum will be on the topic of Help with childcare costs. It will be led by David Foster and Niamh Foley from the Library’s Social Policy Section.

To book, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/signup.php?s=16684

Introduction to PolicyMogul for parliamentary users


PolicyMogul is putting on three webinars for parliamentary users:

This online webinar is your chance to learn about the value that PolicyMogul provides for MPs, peers, PPCs and parliamentary staff.

As well as an overview of the platform’s features, we will highlight some best practices related to getting the most out of the platform. Session includes Q&A.

PolicyMogul is the essential online tool used by UK parliamentarians and their teams to stay up to date with the latest political updates and intelligence related to their work and responsibilities.

Platform features include:

  • Political monitoring tailored to your interests
  • Customisable email updates with relevant political developments
  • Access to briefing material
  • Question and letter-writing assistant powered by AI
  • Analytics dashboard
  • Sessions include Q&A.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Monday 13th May, 12:15
  • Thursday 16th May, 16:00
  • Wednesday 29th May, 16:00

To register, please follow this link: https://about.policymogul.com/parliament/

Behind the Scenes with the Official Report


During the Easter recess, the Official Report (Hansard) is offering Members’ staff an opportunity to learn how parliamentary proceedings are edited in the Official Report

Spend an hour and a half with us and find out:

  • How Hansard reporters and editors publish MPs’ speeches
  • Which debates are read the most by constituents and how to share parliamentary contributions online
  • Who to contact with queries about the Official Report and where to read speeches before publication

We finish with a tour of the Hansard offices and the Press Gallery.

We will be holding sessions on the parliamentary estate during the Easter recess on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 April.

We welcome all Members’ staff and any questions they may have!

For more information, to book a place or to join our mailing list for future sessions, please reply to this email or contact hansardoutreach@parliament.uk

Vote Office Training


Join the Vote Office to learn more about its role in Parliament and develop your understanding of parliamentary business papers, publications and government reports.

There are three online sessions covering different aspect of the Vote Office’s work. Each session lasts for thirty minutes.

Introduction to the Vote Office: Monday 25 March 2024 at 1-1.30pm
Vote Office Papers: an Introduction: Tuesday 26 March 2024 at 1-1.30pm
Accessing Publications: Select Committee reports and Government publications: Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 1-1.30pm

Please follow the link for booking details.


Data Protection for House of Commons Members and their Staff


This short online course is designed to give learners an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

  • What General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is and why you need to know about it
  • What the principles of GDPR are
  • Differences between GDPR and the Data Protection Act (DPA)
  • Penalties and exceptions to the GDPR

To find out more and enrol, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1344

Local government finance for caseworkers – Caseworker Discussion Forum


Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Date: Thursday 21 March 2024
Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams

The March 2024 forum will be on the topic of Local government finance for caseworkers. We will be joined by Mark Sandford from the Library’s Parliament and Constitution Centre and Phil Brien from our Economic Policy and Statistics Section.

To book, click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/signup.php?s=16640

UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme 1-3 July 2024


The Education and Engagement Service (EES) will be hosting its next residential UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme 1-3 July 2024.

This programme offers a unique three-day course where teachers get to experience the workings of Parliament first-hand before returning to their classrooms to build their students’ understanding and increase their engagement with UK Parliament.

The EES will cover the cost of transport, accommodation, and most meals for teachers taking part and we welcome applications from teachers, school/college leaders and teacher training providers working with young people aged 5-18.

Throughout the three days, the teachers will get to experience:

• Q&A sessions with the Speaker, Lord Speaker, and Members of both Houses
• Talks from subject specialists
• Workshops devoted to key aspects of the work of UK Parliament
• Opportunities to explore new and exciting teaching ideas
• Tours of the Palace of Westminster and the Parliamentary Education Centre

In 2023, 100% of the teachers who attended rated the course as excellent, and 100% of the teachers left saying they felt confident teaching about UK Parliament as a result of the programme. One attendee shared: “It has been the most amazing course I’ve been on. I’ve found it has really fired my passion again. It has given me real and practical ideas I can take back to school.”

All interested educators, schools, colleges and teachers of all phases and school/college leaders are encouraged to apply.

Application forms are available online at UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme and the closing date is Sunday 24 March 2024.

Please note that the course is often over-subscribed so teachers will be accepted based on their answers to the application questions.

If you or teachers in your constituency would like more information, please contact us at teachertraining@parliament.uk

CV Writing for Members’ Staff


Available to all Members’ Staff:

Course Overview

  • Explain what makes an effective CV
  • Structure and format their CV for maximum impact
  • Eliminate unnecessary information and material
  • Project confidence and a positive mindset through the words used
  • Amend and update their own CV to meet a Job or Person Specification
  • Enable participants to take a structured approach to writing job applications and build confidence in applying for roles

Most of the sessions are now fully booked, but there are still spaces for 26 March 2024 from 09:30 to 11:30. You can also join the wait-list for future sessions.

To sign up or join the wait-list, please go to ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=2109 and log in using your Parliamentary account.