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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15146: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will introduce a statutory requirement for all schools to deliver comprehensive sex and relationships education.

Answered by: John Swinney 15 March 2018

Relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education is an important part of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland and statutory guidance to support this was published in 2014. RSHP education should present facts in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner within a framework of sound values and an awareness of the law on sexual behaviour. Curriculum for Excellence sets out the experiences and outcomes all children should achieve in RSHP. Schools are empowered to decide which approaches to use to teach RSHP and which external partnerships to build to support the need s of the young people in their care.

Education Scotland have also commenced a review of Personal and Social Education (PSE) delivery in schools. 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. Further information on the Review and what it will explore and evaluate can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/HLivi/PSEreview .