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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.

3rd November 2019 No Comments

Film contest for pupils launched by Scottish European Educational Trust

The Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET)’s ‘Our World’ is a free film making project. Designed to encourage global citizenship, language learning and uptake among pupils, the project is open to any team of four from S3 – S6, with no previous film making knowledge or experience required. According to SEET, over 70% of participant pupils […]

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Updated SCCJR Crime and the Law briefings available

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) has updated the various briefings and learning resources available on their website. Briefings produced by the SCCJR, based at the University of Glasgow, provide a comprehensive overview of ‘Crime and the Law in Scotland’. Among the resources available are briefings about the Scottish criminal justice system, […]

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Key SQA documentation for NQ Modern Studies published

The SQA has updated Understanding Standards materials for National 5 and Advanced Higher Modern Studies, while a new Subject Update document provides this session’s uplift dates According to the Subject Update, the SQA will uplift materials for external assessment between mid-March and late April 2020. Uplift of the National 5 assignment will take place on […]