Education Programmes


Our education programmes are run for schools, colleges and other educational groups who are interested in finding out more about the work of Parliament. Education for Citizenship is the main focus for all our work with schools. The Curriculum for Excellence is underpinned by the values on the Parliament’s mace – wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity – and we have developed a variety of resources and innovative methods to engage young people in the work of the Scottish Parliament with these in mind. We offer learning experiences that encourage active learning using co-operative and collaborative approaches. 


Generally, our visits and outreach programmes are most suitable for Primary 6 and above. It may be possible to make exceptions where a school teaches the Scottish Parliament topic within a different year group and, for small schools with broadly mixed age-group composite classes, we can offer sessions from P4 upwards in our outreach programme.

We also welcome enquiries from colleges and universities for both visits and outreach.

There is no charge for taking part in our programmes.

Important Note: Our policy is to ask schools to book one option only in each academic year i.e. a Visit Your Parliament session or an Outreach@YourSchool session but not both. This is because our programmes are very popular and we want to reach as many schools as possible each year. Please check the descriptions of each programme before deciding what to book.

For information on other ways to visit Holyrood, please see Visitor Services Visiting the Parliament for information on guided tours and for information on how to book tickets to watch a debate in the Chamber.


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Visiting the Parliament

This is where you can find out about bringing your class to the Parliament building in Edinburgh to take part in our varied education programme

Photograph of an outreach session


We can visit your school to provide learning experiences about the Scottish Parliament. A school session can be followed up in one of three different ways, allowing flexibility in teaching approaches

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Continuing Professional Development

We offer sessions of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers throughout the year


Bookings to June are now closed. Bookings for September to December 2014 will open on Monday 19 May.

0131 348 5374

Parliament visits

Bookings for September - December open:

2nd June for S4-6 only

9th June for all other groups

0131 348 5401