Health and Wellbeing education in Scotland

How key topics within the Health and Wellbeing strand of the Scottish curriculum and PSE are covered through our Programme of Study and other quality assured PSHE resources.

‘Health and Wellbeing education’ is one of the eight curriculum areas outlined in the 'Curriculum for Excellence'.
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The Health and Wellbeing strand of the curriculum is organised into six key topic areas

Five of these are covered by our PSHE education Programme of Study for key stages 1 to 5 (Equivalent to P1- S6):

  1. Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing
  2. Planning for Choices and Changes
  3. Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport
  4. Food and Health
  5. Substance Misuse
  6. Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood

Key documents

How we can support schools in Scotland

We support teachers from across the UK and in international schools around the world to cover life skills and health and wellbeing education. This education is essential so children and young people can acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make their own decisions and manage their lives, now and in the future.  

Below we recommend some of our own and some externally produced resources, quality assured by us, that are useful for Personal and Social Education (PSE) teachers in Scotland.

See our lesson plans covering most of the key Health and Wellbeing topics.
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1.  Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing

Mental and emotional wellbeing:

Children learn to recognise and express feelings, understand how feelings affect how we behave, know where to get help and support and how to manage stressful situations.

Social wellbeing:

Children learn about rights and responsibilities and how to put these into practice.

Physical wellbeing:

Young people learn about the body and how to apply that knowledge to stay healthy and well.

2.  Planning for Choices and Changes

Children take part in activities that widen knowledge about choices in life and the costs and benefits attached. Young people will learn how to manage expectations and hopes, and develop decision-making skills that will help them make good choices for the future.

Our key priority is to equip children and young people with the skills and knowledge they need to make their own decisions. That's why most of our resources link to this part of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Our Programme of Study (KS1-5) outlines the intrapersonal skills required for self-management and the interpersonal skills required for positive relationships in a wide variety of settings.

3. Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport

The focus of this topic area is on physical activity and sport, and promoting regular activity as an essential and enjoyable part of being healthy. Schools in Scotland are working towards providing a minimum of two hours quality PE ensuring young people develop skills to take part in a wide range of activity.

4.  Food and Health

The focus of this topic area is on Food Technology/ Home Economics however the programme of study includes healthy eating, a balanced lifestyle, the influences on food choices and body image, including the media. 

5Substance misuse

This covers understanding of the use and misuse of a variety of substances including over-the-counter and prescribed medicines, alcohol, drugs, tobacco and solvents. Young people will explore the impact of risk-taking behaviour on life choices to promote positive choices. This is done in a way that’s appropriate to their age and maturity.

6Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood

This covers how to build and keep good relationships with a variety of people. It explores awareness of how thoughts, feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs can influence decisions about relationships. As children grow older and mature, they’ll learn about sexual health and develop an understanding of the responsibilities of caring and parenthood.

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