QUEEN Margaret University (QMU) in Musselburgh is hosting a ‘virtual’ summer school for East Lothian children.

Pupils in P6 and P7 get the chance to take part in subject workshops and gain an insight into life as a student.

The initiative also aims to help them make friends and connections with each other in a bid to prepare them for their transition to secondary school.

QMU has been running the summer school for about five years and, although events normally take place on campus, they will be delivered ‘virtually’ this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme includes workshops in physiotherapy, costume design, film and media, and psychology and sociology.

The summer school, which runs for two weeks from today (Monday) to August 7, will offer a combination of pre-recorded workshops and live activities.

Applications to take part are now closed.

Suzanne Ewing, widening participation officer at QMU, said: “We received some great feedback from parents of participants after last year’s programme, which let us know that we are managing to fulfil this aim by introducing pupils to new and exciting subject areas and the jobs they lead into.”