What is Curriculum for Excellence?
Curriculum for Excellence is intended to help children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century, including skills for learning, life and work.
Its purpose is often summed up as helping children and young people to become:
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
- Responsible citizens
- Effective contributors.
These are referred to as the four capacities.
What is the curriculum and what does it include?
Curriculum for Excellence is designed to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18. The term curriculum is understood to mean – everything that is planned for children and young people throughout their education, not just what happens in the classroom.
Curriculum for Excellence includes four contexts for learning:
- Curriculum areas and subjects
- Interdisciplinary learning
- Ethos and life of the school
- Opportunities for personal achievement.
There are eight curriculum areas:
- Expressive arts
- Health and wellbeing
- Languages (including English, Gaidhlig, Gaelic learners and modern languages)
- Religious and moral education
- Social studies
Teachers are supported in planning for the eight curriculum areas through the use of the experiences and outcomes.
The experiences and outcomes are set out in lines of development which describe progress in learning. Progression is indicated through curriculum levels as indicated below:
|Early||Pre-school and P1 or later for some.|
|First||To the end of P4, but earlier or later for some.|
|Second||To the end of P7, but earlier or later for some|
|Third and Fourth||S1 to S3, but earlier for some.|
|Senior phase||S4 – S6|
- Benchmarks – The Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks set out clear statements about what learners need to know and be able to do to achieve a level across all curriculum areas.
- Experiences and outcomes (often called Es+Os) are a set of clear and concise statements about children’s learning and progression in each curriculum area. They are used to help plan learning and to assess progress.
- Principles and practice – The principles and practice documents are essential reading for practitioners as they begin, and then develop, their work with the statements of experiences and outcomes.