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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20003: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information regarding (a) incontinence and (b) pelvic floor exercises is included in Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) lessons for secondary school pupils.

Answered by: John Swinney 4 December 2018

Curriculum for Excellence is the national approach to learning and teaching for young people aged 3 to 18 in Scotland. It provides significant flexibility, within broad national guidelines, for teachers to develop lessons which best meet the needs of individual learners. The Scottish Government will shortly publish the outcome of the review into personal and social education which will include recommendations that continue to allow teachers flexibility to tailor learning for specific issues, such as lessons about incontinence and the importance of pelvic floor exercises. Teachers, head teachers and other professional educational practitioners are best placed to decide what is taught in Scotland’s schools.

Through Curriculum for Excellence, education practitioners have an important role in equipping all children and young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to keep themselves and others fit and healthy.