Courses for Core Skills

Understanding the Workings of British Government

Delivered by two former MPs, this practical two-day course will give participants a better understanding of the British System of Government and how they fit in it.

As a result of attending this course participants will be able to:

1. explain Britain’s constitutional arrangements
2. explain the structure of government in the UK and how it operates
3. explain the role of Parliament including how it holds government to account 4. understand Bills and legislation
5. understand how Ministers interact with Parliament


Course Structure:

Day 1 morning: the Constitution

  • Introduction to Parliament

  • Structure of Government

  • Civil service and Government

    Day 1 afternoon: ministers and legislation

  • Ministerial office

  • Bills and delegated legislation

  • The various stages of Bills and secondary and delegated legislation- orders and

    regulations, affirmative and negativing procedure

  • The Whips office

    Day 2 morning: accountability

  • Select committees

  • Other forms of scrutiny

  • including social media

  • PQs- asking and answering

    Day 2 afternoon: accountability continued

  • Civil service accountability

  • Judicial review

  • Constitutional change

How our virtual classrooms work

Our Virtual Classroom courses allows you to attend our classroom training without leaving your home or office. We use the ‘Microsoft Teams’ meeting software. Before you attend, please check that you meet the system requirements. If it doesn’t work, try adjusting your settings or contact your IT department to ask about permitting the website.

You are also welcome to use your personal laptop, tablet or even your smart phone. Please just forward our course invite to your personal email, or just copy and paste the link into your browser.

If you encounter any problems, please feel free to get in touch. We can set up a test meeting before the course.

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