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Education

Education sessions

We are offering Education visits to the Scottish Parliament and Digital sessions up to December 2021

We deliver education sessions to over 22,000 Scottish pupils every year – in the Scottish Parliament, by visiting your school, or digitally.

Our sessions:

  • are designed to develop the principles of democracy and citizenship 
  • are in line with A Curriculum for Excellence and SQA Examinations
  • contribute to political literacy aims

All our education sessions and resources are free of charge. We do not offer travel expenses if you are coming to the Parliament. 

Our education sessions are mainly aimed at Scottish students in P5 – S6 who are studying the Scottish Parliament. We also offer sessions for college and university students. Please get in touch with the education service for more information.

We are not currently offering outreach education sessions in schools, but you can book digital sessions.


Visits to the Scottish Parliament

We are delighted to be reopening a limited programme of education visits for schools, from 15 November through to December.

We will be running one session a day, on business days only – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The maximum visitors per group will be:

  • one primary class of up to 33 pupils
    OR
  • up to 33 secondary pupils from more than 1 class,
    plus:
  • up to 4 accompanying adults.

Please note, due to extremely limited availability, we cannot accommodate more than 2 separate visits per school. We can offer digital sessions as an alternative for classes we are unable to offer a visit.

Sessions

Tuesday and Wednesday – 11.00 to 12.30

  • Education session
  • Tour
  • MSPs invited to meet the class

Thursday – 11.00 – 12.45

  • Education session
  • MSPs invited to meet the class
  • Watch FMQs (in Education Centre, not Debating Chamber)

Please note: Wearing of masks in public areas of the Scottish Parliament is mandatory for everyone 12 and over, unless medically exempt.

Physical distancing is in place throughout the building. Though pupils are not required to physically distance from each other, Parliament staff and MSPs will be required to maintain at least a 1m distance from pupils and accompanying adults.

Due to requirements for physical distancing, we do not have facilities for eating on site (except where medically necessary). Our public café is also closed.

How to register interest

Register your interest by emailing us at [email protected]. An Education Officer will get back to you to arrange a date and time and discuss your booking. Please note, our bookings will be processed in order of receipt. We will let you know if you have been unsuccessful, to offer you digital sessions.

To allow us to process your booking, please ensure your email is headed VISIT, and contains the following information:

  • Contact information, including a telephone number
  • School and postcode
  • Level/year group
  • Number of classes (no more than 2)
  • Preferred day

You can also register for digital sessions for other classes at the same time.


Digital education sessions

Our digital sessions are suitable for upper primary and for Nat 4/5 and Higher Modern Studies.

Sessions will be available from Monday to Friday. A session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, and can be booked to start between:

  • 09.30am – 12.30pm or
  • 1pm – 4pm

We will discuss your start time with you when you book.

Register your interest by emailing us at [email protected]. An Education Officer will get back to you to arrange a date and time and discuss your booking.

To allow us to process your booking, please ensure your email contains the following information:

  • Contact information, including a telephone number
  • School and postcode
  • Level/year group
  • Number of classes
  • Preferred day
  • Preferred timeslots

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