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Pupils: Emotional Intelligence

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward proposals for the measurement of emotional intelligence of school pupils. (302034)

The DCSF currently offers schools, through the National Strategies, a Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning programme to help children and young people to manage themselves, their own emotions, their thoughts and their behaviours and develop positive relationships with each other. In addition, we jointly fund the National Healthy Schools programme with the Department of Health which requires schools to satisfy criteria across four themes in order to become a Healthy School.

Both programmes promote a ‘whole school’ approach to developing the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people through a shared vision, creating a positive ethos, strong relationships and inclusive leadership.

The DCSF has no proposals or plans to measure the emotional intelligence of school pupils.