Scotland’s Deputy First Minister + Cabinet Secretary for Education

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney visited St. David’s RC Primary in Dalkeith, Midlothian on the morning of Thursday 23 November to see for himself the STEP physical literacy programme in action.

During the 2 hour visit, Mr. Swinney met pupils taking part in STEP personalised physical literacy, the learning assistants delivering STEP and head teachers from St Luke’s, St David’s and Lawfield Primary Schools who spoke at length with him about how STEP was making a difference in schools across Midlothian.

After being welcomed by Physical Literacy Champion, Kenny Logan, he heard from those at the chalkface how pupils, after only a few months, were already more engaged at school, how their attitude and behaviour had improved, and how this better environment to learn was a boost to their whole class. Disruption was down: attention was up.

The Education Secretary recognised that this was an essential building block which should give pupils a much better ability to learn. He was also reassured that the benefits of STEP would be long lasting and embedded after the pupils’ completion of the 2-year Programme. 

A big thank you to St David’s, St Luke’s and Lawfield as well as the Midlothian Education Team who were wonderful hosts.