Our Big Ideas programme gives senior secondary students the chance to debate current issues in the context of Scotland’s National Collections, to hear from high profile speakers, and to network with other schools. Events focus on broad curriculum topics such as citizenship, international development and climate change.

Scotland in the 21st Century: A Changing Nation?

This summary of our pupil conference Scotland in the 21st Century: A Changing Nation? includes contributions by speakers Dr Michael Keating (What Does Independence Mean?), Dr Gerry Hassan (Stories of Scotland’s Past, Present and Future), Andy Wightman (Who Runs Scotland? Elite Rule and Radical Democracy) and Lucy Shaw MSYP (Why Is This Vote Important to Young People?), and gives a snapshot from 2013 of the views of 200 young people across Scotland.

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Scotland 2020 is a film of interviews with students from Biggar High School, James Gillespie’s High School and Inverkeithing High School, recorded prior to the pupil conference Scotland in the 21st Century: A Changing Nation? Watch it here (duration 00:11:14):