Curriculum for Excellence
Building the Curriculum
Why have the Curriculum for
• Great debate on the future of Scottish
Education (2002) highlighted positive
aspects and areas for improvement.
• Equip young people with the knowledge,
skills and attributes for a future in a rapidly
• Raise standards
• Improve skills
• Close the inequality gap
• The flexibility which already exists in the Scottish system
• The combination of breadth and depth offered by the
• The quality of teaching
• The quality of supporting material that helps teachers to
deliver much of the current curriculum
• The comprehensive principle
• Consistent high performance in PISA*
*Programme for International Student Assessment
• Reduce achievement gap that opens up and widens P5-
• Under achievement of those from poorer communities &
low socio-economic status
• Build a stronger platform of basic education
• Improve staying on rates
• Improve attainment for all young people
• Improve positive destinations for all
• Fragmentation in learning at transition
• Learning disrupted by assessment
What is the Curriculum for
• Values driven
• Identified four purposes of education
Confident individuals, Responsible citizens,
Successful learners, Effective contributors
• A coherent curriculum from 3-18.
• Relies on the professional capacity of
teachers/educators to be innovative and
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• 3-18 curriculum.
• Broad general education S1-S3. A senior phase after
this with opportunity to gain qualifications.
• The curriculum is the ‘whole’ experience.
• Provides a framework but not the content. Emphasis on
development of skills particularly learning skills and
• Core of literacy, numeracy, health & well being
• Requires partnership working within schools & clusters,
between schools, across ELL and across the wider
• S1-3 broad and rich learning. Not about early
• The ethos and life of the school.
• Curriculum areas and subjects
– The curriculum areas are not structures for
– Subjects are an essential feature of the curriculum.
• Interdisciplinary learning
– Projects, rich tasks or courses.
– Planned to overtake experiences and outcomes form
a range of areas. Breadth and depth.
– Progression in skills & literacy, numeracy, health &
What is the curriculum?
• Entire planned learning experience
– Ethos and life of the school
– Lessons, events, activities
– Clubs, bands, extra curricular activities
– Service to the school
– Volunteering in the community
– Part-time job
• Current (2010/11) S2 are the last cohort to be
presented at 2012/13 S4 last presentation at S
• Aug 2010 S1 intake are the first to have the full
CfE curriculum and will have new National 4/5
exams in May 2014.
Some of the CfE led improvements
• All faculties have revised courses to address the
‘experiences and outcomes’
• Greater emphasis on active learning
• A new 2 period interdisciplinary course ‘CBC’ has been
introduced; Olympics, RISK, Newspaper, Energy.
• These will be continued into S2
• Numeracy. Preferred methods booklet in Maths for
primary and secondary.
• Literacy. Whole school strategies for Reading and
Writing. In-set for all staff
• Health and Well being. Pupil HWB leaders, improving
mental health Seasons for Growth, Bereavement
• Continuation of the broad general
• Balance of breadth with for personalisation
• Lay strong foundations for more
specialised learning, qualifications and
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• It sets out key messages about principles
of assessment, standards and
expectations, ensuring consistency, CPD
and support, reporting to parents,
informing self-evaluation for improvement
and monitoring standards over time.
New National Courses
The Scottish education system is world-renowned and our
qualifications are highly valued.
Highers, Advanced Highers and Access qualifications will remain
and will be updated to reflect changes to the curriculum.
There will be new qualifications for all in literacy and numeracy from
2012/2013 and Skills for Work qualifications.
• National 4 – replaces Standard Grade (General) and Intermediate 1
• National 5 – replaces Standard Grade (Credit) and Intermediate 2
• Courses will be 160 hours
Literacy and Numeracy
• Freestanding Units at SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5
(available to adult learners also)
• A Literacy Unit to be included in English Courses
at SCQF levels 3 and 4 (Access 3 and National
• A Numeracy Unit to be included in Mathematics
Courses at SCQF levels 3 and 4 (Access 3 and
• Some, not all, literacy/numeracy skills included
in English and Mathematics at SCQF 5 (National
5) – no certification unless learner also
completes freestanding Unit
SCQF Qualifications Next Generation of
Levels National Qualifications
New qualifications are marked *
10 Honours Degree
Others qualifications, like Highers, remain
9 Ordinary Degree and will be reviewed to be in keeping with
8 Higher National Diploma Curriculum for Excellence
7 Advanced Higher Advanced Higher
6 Higher Higher
5 Standard Grade Credit / *Literacy 5 *Numeracy 5 *National 5
4 Standard Grade General / *Literacy 4 *Numeracy 4 *National 4
3 Standard Grade Foundation / *Literacy 3 *Numeracy 3 Access 3
2 Access 2 Access 2
1 Access 1 Access 1
• Learner journeys on the LTS>parentzone
• Select a school and scroll down to the end
of the report to find example learner