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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09665: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to teachers and schools on sex education for primary school children.

Answered by: John Swinney 28 June 2017

All schools under local authority control are expected to teach the experiences and outcomes for relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education in Curriculum for Excellence. The statutory responsibility for delivering the curriculum rests with local authorities and schools.

Curriculum for Excellence is intended for all children and young people in Scotland, aged 3 to 18, according to their stage of development. There is specific guidance for schools on RSHP education which was issued in 2014 and recognises that education on this should be delivered within the wider context of a child’s education and overall wellbeing.