The home of the Scottish Parliament's education service was opened earlier this month by the deputy minister for children and education, Peter Peacock. The new centre, at Cannonball House on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, would, he said, "provide access to young people all across Scotland, certainly not seen in the Westminster setting or a council setting".
Full services will be up and running in September, with tours of the parliamentary chamber across the road, video conferencing to put classes in touch with MSPs, teachers' seminars and conferences. Resources already include a 16-page "bluffer's guide" to the Scottish Parliament and a section for young people and teachers on the Parliament's website, at www.scottish.parliament.uk. These will be followed shortly by a CD-Rom, wallcharts and video packs. Contact Alan McClosky, education officer, on 0131 348 5394, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org