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Legislation to help learning

The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act aims to ensure that schools continue to thrive as health-promoting schools. Educational establishments that are ‘Health-promoting’ bring health promotion into every area of the curriculum and every aspect of the life and work of the setting.

The guidance provided with the Schools Act fits very closely with the learning experiences and outcomes described in Curriculum for Excellence under health and wellbeing. These are:

  • Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
  • Planning for choices and change
  • Physical education, physical activity and sport
  • Food and health
  • Substance misuse
  • Relationships, sexual health and parenthood

Like Curriculum for Excellence, the Act underlines the role played by educators in supporting children’s health and wellbeing, and in encouraging children to develop the life skills that enable them to take responsibility for their own health.

Additional Support: Parentzone Scotland offers a dedicated section on the subject of  additional support, including a link the act for Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.