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Curriculum for Excellence What it means for our learners in Gullane Primary School March 2010


Why change?  Preparing young people for an ever changing world  Nurturing them to be: – successful learners – confident individuals – responsible citizens – effective contributors  Build on Scotland’s reputation for having a great education system


What’s different? • A planned ‘learning journey’ from 3 to 18 • Improved learning and teaching • New qualifications  More rigorous assessment  Provides skills for learning, life and work  Learning more relevant to the modern world


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Why Curriculum for Excellence?

ď ŹCurriculum for Excellence is about driving forward improvements in learning and teaching to improve the life chances of young people and ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need for learning, life and work in the 21st century


The challenge Equipping our children with the knowledge and skills we believe they will need  to succeed in a future we don’t yet know  to secure jobs yet to be invented  to build self-esteem and resilience  to harness knowledge yet to be discovered.


Curriculum for Excellence? What do we mean by curriculum? ‘Curriculum’ in this context means ‘all that is planned for children and young people throughout their education’:    

The ethos and life of the school as a community Curriculum areas and subjects Interdisciplinary learning Opportunities for personal achievement


Subjects  Languages  Mathematics  Health and Wellbeing  Social Studies  Science  Technology  Religious and Moral Education  Expressive Arts

Principles for Curriculum Design       

Challenge and Enjoyment Breadth Progression Depth Personalisation and Choice Coherence Relevance


What’s the aim? Curriculum for Excellence: the three pillars  Raising standards  Improving knowledge  Developing skills …Bringing life to learning and learning to life


The Learner At The Centre – A Key Challenge

A Curriculum for Excellence – what will it mean for my child: “Your child will get the chance to personalise their own curriculum to enable them to follow their own interests and passions” East Lothian Department of Education and Children’s Services


Interim Assessment and Reporting Levels- Early, First, Second, Third, Fourth Gathering a wide range of evidence – National Assessment Resource (NAR) write, do, make, say Formative assessment Summative assessment - PIPS Interim summative reports


Let’s Remind Ourselves What CfE Is All About  It’s preparing young people for a changing future  It’s recognising the primacy of learning  It’s ensuring that young people have the building blocks that they need in terms of skills, concepts and knowledge  It’s having an education that supports a sustainable prosperous future  It’s addressing the achievement gap  It’s raising the bar for all learners  It’s aspirational and aimed at transformational change Useful websites for information – www.LTScotland.org.uk www.curriculumforexcellencescotland.gov.uk


CFE Parent Presentation