Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18.

The curriculum includes the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated.

What is it all about?

Raising Standards/Improving Knowledge/Developing Skills

Curriculum for Excellence is about bringing life to learning and learning to life. It has been introduced to raise standards of learning and teaching and help improve our young people’s life chances.

It focuses on the importance of knowledge and skills. It offers a broad and deep general education to S3 with options in the senior phase. It promotes the ability to learn – a skill for life that will help young people go on to further study, to secure work and to navigate through life.

It brings real life into the classroom and takes lessons beyond the classroom. It promises to support children in every way possible so that they can fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities.

All those working with children and young people will be responsible for delivering skills in literacy and numeracy – skills that unlock other subjects and are vital in everyday life.

All staff will be responsible for young people’s health and wellbeing and for identifying the personal support a child needs on a day-to-day basis. Parents and carers can ask for help too.

Staff will work together to plan a child’s ‘learning journey’ from 3 to 18. They will ensure young people can learn in a way that works for them; at a pace they can cope with and with enough challenge to stretch them. Staff will support them as they move up from nursery to primary, on to secondary and beyond.

There are new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their best. There are the National 4 and 5 qualifications from 2013/14, replacing the Standard Grade and Intermediate 1 and 2. Our well regarded Access, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications will be updated.

Professionals can teach subjects more creatively, work together and with others, and share best practice, ideas and innovation.

Ultimately, the aim is to improve our children’s achievements and life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens.