A group of P7 pupils from Longniddry Primary School were welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by Martin Whitfield MSP today as part of their official visit at Holyrood.

The pupils received a tour of the parliament building before participating in a question and answer session with Mr Whitfield and fellow South Scotland MSP, Brian Whittle.

The Parliament’s education service delivers education sessions to over 22,000 Scottish pupils every year by visiting schools or welcoming classes to the parliament building in Edinburgh.

The school visit 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.

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

I was pleased to help welcome the Longniddry Primary School pupils to Holyrood this week. These school visits provide important opportunities for pupils to see parliament for themselves, learn more about how it operates and ask MSPs questions about our work.

“On this occasion they asked a brilliant range of questions on a wide variety of topics, demonstrating once again the high level of engagement schools in East Lothian have with the parliament. I hope the Longniddry pupils enjoyed their visit and look forward to welcoming other schools to parliament in the future.”

Any local schools wishing to book an education visit to the Scottish Parliament can find out more at www.parliament.scot/get-involved/education/education-sessions.