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From the campaign trail to the classroom

The enthusiasm Scottish pupils showed canvassing during the US presidential election can inspire their peers back home

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Last January, I received an email with the intriguing subject line “Fully funded once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: internships for sixth-formers on US presidential elections”. As a modern studies teacher and Americanophile, to me, this seemed too good to be true.

After two selection rounds in which the pupils had to produce video clips about challenging experiences they’d had, nominate their dream presidential and vice-presidential ticket and come up with a campaign plan, Team Leith Academy was selected for the Transformation Trust’s Inspire US 2016 programme. “Florida, here we come!” we thought ...

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