Relationships, sexual health and parenthood education forms a key part of Health and Wellbeing within Curriculum for Excellence.
Guidance was issued to schools on 22 March 2001 on Section 56 of the Standards in Scottish Schools etc, Act 2000: Conduct of Sex Education in Scottish Schools, known as Circular 2/2001. Since this Circular was written, Curriculum for Excellence has been introduced in Scottish schools and the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 4 February 2014 and received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014.
This guidance is in the process of being updated to reflect these developments. The draft guidance can be found here .
This guidance is for teachers and adults working with children and young people in an educational setting. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill has had two public consultations. As with previous exercises for reviewing guidance for teachers, we engaged with key education stakeholders rather than holding a formal Scottish Government consultation.
The engagement ended on Friday 8 November 2013. The 60 responses received are being considered along with other available evidence to help us reach a final version of this guidance for local authorities and schools. Revised guidance is expected to be in place by June 2014.
As this is not a consultation, responses were not originally published on our website. However, the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and received a number of requests made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this engagement exercise. We therefore decided to publish responses and contacted all respondents to check how they wished their response to be handled. Responses can be accessed at www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/05/7840 . 8 responses are not included as permission was not received to make them public.