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Schools: personal and social education review

Published: 9 Oct 2017

Three phase review which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The review is part of the Mental Health Strategy 2017 to 2027.

It will focus on personal and social education (PSE) in schools and include consideration of pastoral care and guidance, as well as school counselling services.

The review will be in three phases and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Phase 1 – Review communications and initial exploration of PSE teaching resources

Complete. See attached document.

Phase 2 - Thematic review of delivery of PSE in schools across Scotland

A review of PSE delivery in schools will be undertaken by Education Scotland. This review is proposing to visit 20 secondary schools, 20 primary schools, 10 early learning and care centres, and 5 special schools with good geographical spread across Scotland.

It will explore and evaluate:

  • the content of PSE programmes for children and young people from 3 to 18 years in Scottish schools and early learning centres
  • how these programmes are delivered and the quality of learning, achievement and progression
  • the effectiveness of the provision of the universal support entitlement and staged intervention for social, emotional and behavioural support
  • the effectiveness of pastoral guidance (including the roles of class teachers and pastoral care/guidance teachers) in supporting children and young people including what actions are taken to support onward transitions
  • in terms of health promotion, how positive mental health is encouraged, how issues are identified and, where they are needed, the extent specific counselling services are available for children and young people in schools, how these are delivered and their effectiveness
  • how the issue of sexual consent is taught within relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education from early learning through all stages of school education
  • how learner engagement and co-design of PSE programmes is taken forward in schools
  • the extent to which equalities issues taught in PSE, teach children and young people about prejudice and promote an understanding of different groups of people

Phase 3 – Analysis of findings and development of recommendations



Post: Scottish Government
Learning Directorate
Victoria Quay

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

9 Oct 2017
Schools: personal and social education review