Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence is the name given to the most wide-ranging and radical review of Scottish education in a generation. It enshrines the principle of pupils acquiring skills for learning and skills for life which are transferable across the curriculum, which can be used in a variety of contexts within and outwith school and which will develop their capacities to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Discussion, investigation and the practical application of knowledge are often, but not exclusively, the focus of the learning and teaching approaches used. Pupils are encouraged to develop enterprising, problem-solving and team-working skills but the traditional skills long associated with the Scottish curriculum such as having a firm grounding in literacy and numeracy are also emphasised.

Currently teachers are working to develop new courses from pre-school to S3 based on ‘Experiences and Outcomes' documents in all curricular areas. In many cases course content is not radically different from existing courses, but there are changes in emphasis in teaching methods, as outlined above, and in assessment procedures - on which a great deal of work has still to be done at national level.

In S4 Standard Grades have been replaced with qualifications known as ‘National 4' and ‘National 5'. Higher and Advanced Higher examinations will remain largely in their current form and will continue to be the benchmark for entry to further and higher education.

Click here for further information on Curriculum for Excellence, the link will take you to the ‘Parentzone' section of the Education Scotland website. 

SQA also has an 'information for parents' page which gives helpful information about CfE and National Qualifications. This can be found at www.sqa.org.uk