Midlothian pupils to enter the battlefield

Secondary schools in Midlothian will be offered financial help to carry out educational visits to European battlefields as part of the Scottish Government’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

A £2,000 grant will be made available to the senior schools to help them meet the costs of trips to Western Front battlefields and war graves so pupils can learn more about the sacrifice made by the many thousands from Scotland and elsewhere during the First World War.

The educational grant scheme, which will span the six school years from 2013, comes after First Minister Alex Salmond announced a £1 million fund to allow communities across Scotland to refurbish and maintain their war memorials ahead of the commemorations.