Children’s Parliament’s ‘Big Vote’ – January 15th to 19th 2021

Good morning,

On Friday 15th January 2020, Children’s Parliament will launch The Big Vote, a national vote for 8 – 14 year olds that will ask how we can make Scotland a more fair, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous place now and in the future.


How can children take part in the vote?

The vote will take the form of an anonymous survey and can be completed on the Children’s Parliament website at the following link from January 15th:

What will children be voting on?

Throughout 2020 Children’s Parliament has been listening to the views and experiences of children across Scotland. Children identified four ‘Big Problems’ – climate change, discrimination, poverty and digital inequality – that they think need to be fixed now. We asked children across Scotland to share their ‘Big Ideas’ for how to fix the Big Problems and this vote is all about finding out which Big Ideas children think would make the biggest difference.

How long will the vote run?

The vote will be open from January 15th at 9:00am to January 19th at 6:00pm.

Why is The Big Vote happening?

Children’s Parliament is working in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament as part of The Action Project, hosted by the David Hume Institute, which aims to get children and adults all across Scotland thinking about what we need to do to move faster towards a country that is more ‘prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair’. Very importantly, this Project will develop ambitious yet concrete Big Ideas to do this that can be turned into real action. This vote will help us to know which Big Ideas are most popular amongst Scotland’s children.

What will happen as a result of the vote?

Children will vote on the Big Ideas using a range of criteria and the top two Big Ideas will be made into animations. These will be presented to the Action Project for consideration alongside other ideas from children, young people and adults across Scotland.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Orlaith at

Update from Skills Development Scotland

As schools across Scotland are closed to the majority of pupils, Skills Development Scotland careers advisers will continue to provide careers information and advice by phone and digitally.

Our advisers will contact pupils who were scheduled to have a face-to-face appointments to make alternative arrangements.

Subject Choices

If your child is choosing their subjects, their school careers adviser will be providing support over the coming weeks to help them think about their choices, including a one-to-one conversation. There’s also the opportunity for you – as a parent or carer – to join the conversation and discuss where their options might take them in the future. As current government guidelines don’t permit these conversations to take place in person, we’ll seek to make alternative arrangements by phone or video conference.

You’ll also find lots of helpful tools and information to help with subject choices, on the careers service website, My World of Work. Visit

Please be aware that career information and advice is available online for anyone who needs it at My World of Work.  You can also contact your local centre to speak to an adviser or call the SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000.

MYPAS Digital Drop-In


 MYPAS are excited to announce a new way for young people to contact us.  Our Digital Drop-In is available for young people, aged 12-21 within the Midlothian and East Lothian areas.

 Young people will be able to chat with a MYPAS worker about any issue which is having an impact on their health and wellbeing, e.g. mental health, substance use, relationships, worries about school/college/work, etc.

 Drop-ins will run on Mondays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, starting on Monday 26th October 2020.

 Young people can access the Digital Drop-In by going to our website ( and clicking on the Chat button during the above times.  All conversations are confidential and we will not ask for any contact details.

Longniddry Bus – Home to school transport

Could we kindly ask students to use the correct bus to and from school otherwise this may impact on other students not being allowed to access their allocated bus.  Many thanks.

128 East Coast Buses has capacity for S1-S4 


Johnny Cope Stone                       0803

Seton East                                      0805

Longniddry Station                        0811

Preston Lodge HS                          0820

M-TH    F

Preston Lodge HS                          1535     1225

Longniddry Station                       1543     1233


S5 & S6 Prentice coaches


Longniddry Rail Station                0755

Longniddry Inn                               0756

Longniddry – Dean Road              0757

Preston Lodge High School          0808


(M-TH) (F – 111 service)

Preston Lodge High School          1535     1230

Longniddry Rail Station                1544     1243

Pupil Winter skills weekends in March – spaces still available.

Great opportunity for pupils in 3, 4, 5 and 6th year who could benefit from a challenge/residential experience in the Scottish mountain wonderland this winter.

All they should need to know is here …

Parents can book on directly – all PC1 info and payment is online via BookingLive at

More than welcome to accommodate any teachers/volunteers who want to help , and gain experience.

Need any more info?  drop an email – or