Date lodged: 15 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that schools can provide adequate mental health support for pupils.
Answered by: John Swinney 22 November 2017
The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Act (Scotland) 2007 places a number of duties on local education authorities including ensuring that schools are health promoting. This includes promoting physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing by supporting pupils to make positive lifestyle choices in relation to their health and wellbeing.
As part of Curriculum for Excellence, all practitioners are expected to embed aspects of health and wellbeing in their lessons, regardless of what subject specialism they are delivering. Local authorities will be using a range of approaches and resources to support children and young people with their mental and emotional wellbeing based on local needs and circumstances.
As part of the Government’s Mental Health Strategy, I have commissioned Education Scotland to undertake a national review of Personal and Social Education which includes consideration of the role of guidance and counselling in local authority schools.