The 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) at Holyrood take decisions on issues including health, education, transport, tourism and the environment. However, Westminster still makes decisions on defence, foreign policy, social security and major economic issues. Proposed bills are discussed and voted on in the debating chamber. If successful, they are considered further by an all-party committee, and then amended bills are voted on again before becoming law.
The class could be divided into groups representing the different process stages of turning a proposal into a law. They could have debates on an aspect of school-life and rules which some believe should be changed, and try to come to a democratic decision about it via the same channels that the Scottish Parliament operates through.
Discuss the position of the Scottish Parliament in relation to Westminster. Students could present their understanding of what powers each has and the associated decision-making powers.