Curriculum for Excellence (Societal Change)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd May 2013.

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Photo of John Finnie John Finnie Independent

4. To ask the Scottish Government what flexibility there is in the curriculum for excellence to reflect evolving situations in society. (S4O-02138)

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

There are provisions within the range of experiences and outcomes that take account of and actively promote the study of changing society at a range of macro and micro levels nationally and internationally. That is one of the ways in which the new curriculum is responsive to change.

Photo of John Finnie John Finnie Independent

The Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee will shortly scrutinise the proposed same-sex marriage legislation. What assurances can the minister give that that issue will be dealt with in an age-appropriate and non-partisan way in Scotland’s schools?

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Teachers already have an obligation to deal with such sensitive issues in a way that entirely respects an equalities agenda and uses age-appropriate material. I have no doubt that the profession will continue to act with that good sense.

Photo of John Scott John Scott Conservative

Question 5 from Mark McDonald has not been lodged. We can all understand why.

Question 6 from Richard Simpson has also not been lodged. Similarly, we can understand why and an explanation has been provided.