Date lodged: 11 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it has (a) taken and (b) plans to provide support for students whose mental health and attainment has been affected by stress caused by the new structure for assessment.
Answered by: John Swinney 6 September 2016
We take the mental health of all our young people extremely seriously. All schools should ensure that young people understand the importance of mental wellbeing and will have measures in place to support learners. If there is evidence to suggest that a pupil is facing mental health issues, then the school should take steps to provide the right support for that pupil. This includes discussing any stress a young person may be feeling, and support around how this can best be managed.
Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland, published on 28 June 2016, sets out the actions we are taking to clarify and de-clutter the curriculum for teachers and to help reduce workload for teachers and young people. The Plan makes clear that the Scottish Government will work with the reconvened Assessment and National Qualifications Group to consult on the design of assessment within the qualifications system - involving teachers, parents, young people, employers, national partners and other stakeholders. Work is already underway to streamline the qualifications.