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Scottish Parliament Launches Digital Education Session for Schools

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The Scottish Parliament has launched a new digital education offering to help schools in Scotland who are teaching Modern Studies.

Free, online classroom sessions are available for teachers to book, which includes a live interactive lesson with a Scottish Parliament education officer.

These informative sessions last around 45 minutes and cover important elements from the Modern Studies curriculum.

The digital sessions are being offered as a complementary option alongside in-person school visits to Holyrood, as well as outreach visits by Parliament staff to Scottish schools.

“Over the last few years, our team has focused on delivering a high-quality and informative online experience,” said Scottish Parliament Education Manager, Caroline Schofield.

“We know it can be difficult for some schools to get to Edinburgh, and so with these digital sessions, all you need is a screen and a webcam, and pupils can still enjoy a ‘virtual’ trip to learn about their Parliament.”

Lynda Swanson, who has been teaching Modern Studies for over 25 years, and is currently at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven, said that after organising an in-person trip became “a little tricky with costs and staffing”, she took up the offer of a digital session for her class of National 5 learners.

“The session covered a lot of things we’ve covered already in class, and offered a different insight into them.

“It’s also helpful for revision purposes, and the presenter, Angela was very good at engaging the learners, asking them questions.”

She praised the session for being time-saving and cost-saving and recommended other teachers to consider the option.

These digital sessions are available throughout the year and can be booked for free from www.parliament.scot/education.

A short trailer promoting the sessions can be seen here (https://youtu.be/jg-kKYz2isc).

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