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Modern Studies Association

Welcome to the Modern Studies Association website.

The Modern Studies Association is the professional body for Modern Studies teachers in Scotland.

Highlighted partners and resources

The MSA works with several organisations and recommends resources from the three sources below.

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The Scottish Parliament Education Service

The Scottish Parliament Education Service offers a wide variety of resources targeted at not only Modern Studies Teachers, but also primary colleagues, and those from other subject areas. All of their resources are available via the Scottish Parliament website, and all are free.

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The Stevenson Trust for Citizenship

Established in 1921 by Sir Daniel Stevenson and now a key part of the University of Glasgow, the Stevenson Trust organise CLPL opportunities in the form of lectures discussing salient issues, and also produce resources that support Teachers across Scotland. Resources and upcoming lectures can be found on their website.

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The Scottish Sentencing Council

Founded in October 2015, the Scottish Sentencing Council's many purposes include producing sentencing guidelines for the courts and promote consistency in sentencing. Their website also features a selection of great resources, such as a 'Jargon Buster' and 'If you were the Judge' scenario quiz.

What we do

The MSA helps Modern Studies teachers in several ways.

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National Conference

National Conference takes place each year, allowing Modern Studies teachers to network and participate in an excellent CPD opportunity.

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The MSA regularly leads consultations and surveys, aimed at gathering views from Modern Studies teachers.

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Liaising with the SQA

The MSA takes the views of Modern Studies teachers to the SQA, ensuring that views are heard.

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MSET Awards

The Modern Studies Educational Trust (MSET) rewards the best performing Modern Studies pupils each year.

Our latest updates

The latest news from the Modern Studies Association.

23rd August 2020 No Comments

Our 2020 conference will be virtual

With ongoing restrictions placed upon peoples’ leisure, movements and work patterns to minimise the spread of COVID-19, the Modern Studies Association (MSA) has decided to hold our Annual Conference virtually for 2020. Usually, Annual Conference is held in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, on the first Saturday each November, and serves as an enjoyable CLPL and […]

23rd August 2020 No Comments

MSA response to SQA’s 2021 assessment proposals

The Modern Studies Association (MSA) has today (23rd August) published our response to the SQA’s ongoing consultation on how assessments for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Modern Studies could look for the 2020-2021 session. On 14th August, the SQA published proposed amendments to the way candidates be assessed in the 2020-2021 session, given the […]

14th August 2020 No Comments

Proposals for 2021 NQ assessments published for consultation

As part of the ongoing public health situation, the SQA has published proposed amendments to the way candidates be assessed in the 2020-2021 session. Given the inequitable circumstances which education found itself in during lockdown, and on the ongoing potential for candidates and teachers alike to self-isolate, as well as centres closing for deep cleaning, […]