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Debates and questions

S5W-30978: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 July 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown, how it will promote the development of secondary school pupils' mental health and wellbeing as part of the curriculum.

Answered by: John Swinney 14 August 2020

The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is a priority for the Scottish Government and schools play a key role in supporting positive mental health. To support education authorities and schools, the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group published continuity in learning guidance on 5 June. The guidance recognised that there will be a need for increased support for mental health and wellbeing due to COVID-19 and provided tools and guidance to further strengthen support to children and young people. This is also reflected in the guidance on preparing for the start of the new school term in August 2020.

Learning on positive mental health is delivered through Personal and Social Education (PSE) and can also be supported through whole school approaches to positive mental health and wellbeing. To support schools deliver learning in PSE, a resource for education practitioners has been published on the National Improvement Hub which collates all of the resources available to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This resource provides schools with a comprehensive package of information, resources and organisations which are freely available to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.