Midlothian school pupils helped launch a new initiative aimed at helping one million young people build skills and self-belief by 2020.
Broadcaster Sky last week unwrapped its brand new Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston, a free learning experience for ages eight to 18 that links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and builds life skills.
The dedicated learning facility, launched by Sky News journalist Kay Burley, with the help of pupils from Newbattle High School, is the second studio of its kind in the UK and aims to welcome 12,000 young people each year.
Students will be able to create their own TV report about a subject they are studying at school using Sky’s state-of-the-art technology, including broadcast-quality cameras, green screens and touch-screen edit tables.
Bob Foley, head of health and wellbeing faculty at Newbattle High School, accompanied the pupils on their visit.
He said: “Some of our pupils were lucky enough to visit the Sky Academy Skills Studios in London which was an amazing experience, so I am thrilled we now have an equally impressive facility here on our doorstep in Scotland and honoured that our pupils had a leading role to play in its launch.
“Our pupils learnt a great deal from the experience, it really puts the ethos and principles of Curriculum for Excellence into practice and I would urge any teachers interested to register and book their free visit.”
Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.