John’s Education Question 22/05/2013

Below is the transcript of John’s Question on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 on the flexibility of the Curriculum for Excellence.

John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Ind): To ask the Scottish Government what flexibility there is in the curriculum for excellence to reflect evolving situations in society. (S4O-02138)

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan): 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.

John Finnie: 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?

Dr Allan: 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.