Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) sets out the vision for all children and young people in Scotland.
All schools and establishments in East Ayrshire are fully committed to providing the best possible opportunities for children and young people to reach their full potential. Learning through health and wellbeing promotes confidence, independent thinking and positive attitudes. It is therefore the responsibility of every teacher to contribute to learning and development in this area.
Good health and wellbeing are central to effective learning and preparation for independent living. This aspiration for every young person can only be met through a concerted approach with our schools and partners working together to plan programmes for health and wellbeing, taking account of local circumstances and individual needs.
Health education ensures young people develop knowledge and understanding, skills and capabilities which they need for wellbeing. This enables young people to:
- make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
- experience challenge and enjoyment
- experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity
- apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle
- make a successful move to the next stage of education or work
- establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life
- perform at high levels in sport or prepare for careers within health/leisure
Children and young people should feel happy, safe, respected and included in the learning environment and all staff should be proactive in promoting positive behaviour in the school community. Robust policies and practice which ensure the safety and wellbeing of children are already in place in all establishments across East Ayrshire. In addition, these establishments offer peer support, buddies, breakfast or lunch clubs, safe areas, mentors, pupil support staff and extended support teams.