National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Services for Schools

Services for Schools

We provide a flexible service that is designed to support a wide range of Scottish Curriculum areas and National Qualifications. From September to March within the school year we can deliver workshops at National Records of Scotland to Scottish primary and secondary school pupils.

For information on school visits and workshops, please contact:

Workshops postponed

Following the advice from the UK and Scottish Government to help delay the spead of Covid-19/Coronavirus, we have now postponed our workshops until June and closed bookings until further notice. We are monitoring the situation closely and further updates will be added to this page in due course.

You can also keep up to date via Twitter @NatRecordsScot

If you would like further information on the Coronavirus please refer to the NHS guidance online:

Classroom resources:

Scottish Archives for Schools

Scottish Archives for Schools (SAfS) is our education website where teachers and learners can access online resources. We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary learning at different levels across a variety of themes and topics, such as Scottish identity, letters and diaries, Victorian life and the world wars.

Scottish Archive Network education modules

National Records of Scotland is a partner in the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) which links more than 50 participating archives across the country. Together we have produced an education micro-site that features the following modules:

  • Using Sources
  • Coal Mining in Scotland
  • Public Health and Housing
  • Women's Suffrage in Scotland

Classroom resources

Use data about Scotland’s people in your classroom – these resources can help you get started. Contact with any questions.

DataShine:Scotland interactive map

DataShine Interactive Map

Explore Scotland’s Census 2011 data with our interactive map. See how people travel to school or work in your area. Search for different languages, religions, and ethnic groups. Make comparisons between urban and rural areas

Population projections

Population Projections Image

Learn how the population of the whole of Scotland or your area is projected to change. What changes are projected to happen by 2041? What impact does migration, life expectancy and fertility have? How are different age groups projected to change?

Population change at neighbourhood level

Population change at neighbourhood level

Type in your postcode to see how the population is changing in your neighbourhood. Are some age groups increasing and others descreasing?

Council Area Profiles

Council Area Profiles

Understand how your council area compares with others. How many people are born or married in your area? How has migration and life expectancy changed over time? Download the data and create a report of your own.

Baby Names

Baby Names

See how many babies were given your name each year. This fun interactive app demonstrates how a range of different factors influence the popularity of names, and provides a good introduction to line charts. Can you see the impact of popular culture such as TV, music, and books?

Other Infographics and Visualisations

Population EstimatesLife ExpectancyHousehold ProjectionsElectoral Statistics

This is our collection of visual summaries and interactive apps covering a range of topics about the people of Scotland.