Martin Whitfield MSP has joined parliamentary colleagues in welcoming a group of P6 pupils from Tweedbank Primary School in the Borders to the Scottish Parliament and participated in a Q&A session with them as part of their official visit to Holyrood.

The Parliament’s education service delivers education sessions to over 22,000 Scottish pupils every year either by visiting schools or welcoming groups of pupils to Holyrood. The service also offers a range of other educational resources for schools to assist with learning about the parliament and democracy in Scotland.

The sessions are designed to develop the principles of democracy and citizenship, are in line with A Curriculum for Excellence and SQA Examinations and contribute to political literacy aims, and all education sessions and resources are free of charge.

Commenting after the school’s visit, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“School visits are a really important part of the parliament’s engagement and education work and I always try and make time to be involved in them whenever possible. This group of pupils from Tweedbank primary came to parliament by train and were clearly having a great time.

“I understand that the children found the chamber to be a highlight, but that they also enjoyed quizzing myself and the other MSPs, so I hope they enjoyed their trip and found it useful. I’d certainly encourage other local schools to consider taking advantage of the Parliament’s various education resources to learn more about how our democracy works.”

 Any schools wishing to book an education visit to the Scottish Parliament can find out more at