Curriculum for Excellence - Meldrum Academy

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					Curriculum for Excellence

   Parent council
   Meldrum Academy
 Building the Curriculum
        Feb 2011
    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
  changing world.
• 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
      Building the Curriculum 3
• 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
  employment skills.
• 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 &
     well being
      What is the curriculum?
• Entire planned learning experience
  – Ethos and life of the school
  – Lessons, events, activities
  – Routines
  – Clubs, bands, extra curricular activities
  – Service to the school
  – Volunteering in the community
  – Part-time job
               Pupil timeline
• Current (2010/11) S2 are the last cohort to be
  presented at 2012/13 S4 last presentation at S
  grade/Intermediate 1/2.
• 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
              in S1
• 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
  and choice.
• Lay strong foundations for more
  specialised learning, qualifications and
  lifelong learning.
    Building the Curriculum 5
• 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
  National 4)
• 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
 12              Doctorate
 11               Masters
                                       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
               Intermediate 2
  4       Standard Grade General /     *Literacy 4   *Numeracy 4       *National 4
               Intermediate 1
  3      Standard Grade Foundation /   *Literacy 3   *Numeracy 3         Access 3
                  Access 3
  2              Access 2                                                Access 2
  1              Access 1                                                Access 1
             Senior phase
• Learner journeys on the LTS>parentzone
• Select a school and scroll down to the end
  of the report to find example learner

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