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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07334: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to local authorities for the teaching of personal and social health education, also known as personal and social education, and when the guidance was last updated.

Answered by: John Swinney 28 February 2017

PSE is a taught subject which covers aspects of planning for choices and changes, substance misuse, relationships, sexual health and parenthood, in addition to aspects of physical activity, sport and health. There are six areas which provide a holistic view of health and wellbeing.

Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing;

Planning for Choices and Changes;

Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport;

Food and Health;

Substance Misuse; and,

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP).

Through Curriculum for Excellence, health and wellbeing is spread right across the curriculum and it is one of the three core areas that are the responsibility of all staff in the school, the other two areas being literacy and numeracy. Schools are encouraged to develop the curriculum to suit their local context and meet the needs of children and young people. It is good practice for schools to consult with children and young people and respond to their views appropriately, to ensure this meets the needs of all children and young people in the school or educational setting. The RSHP guidance highlights this good practice.

There is no specific guidance for local authorities for teaching of personal and social education (PSE), guidance is however made available on individual areas explained below and is updated regularly.