Government carried out extensive research
Asked parents what they know and want to know
Main concern was: ‘What’s happening to my child?’
Plea: ‘I want to hear about Curriculum for Excellence
from the professional who knows my child’
Local context: ‘I want to hear how my child’s school is
implementing it’
Toolkit of information produced as support for staff
Equips practitioners to talk to parents
Developed in consultation with practitioners and parents
Curriculum for Excellence
• Raising standards
• Improving knowledge
• Developing skills
A coffee cup
A kite
A basketball
A cup of coffee, a kite, a basketball
All familiar objects
Look again
There are opportunities for learning all around us
in everyday life.
Parents can have fun with this too.
That’s bringing life to learning and learning to life.
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.
What’s the aim?
Curriculum for Excellence: the three pillars
• Raising standards
• Improving knowledge
• Developing skills
…Bringing life to learning and learning to life
Why change?
• Preparing young people for an ever changing
• 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
The curriculum
• Broad and deep education
• General education till the end of S3, then options
• Covers expressive arts, health and wellbeing,
languages, mathematics, religious and moral
education, sciences, social studies, technologies
• All staff have responsibility for:
– literacy
– numeracy
– health and wellbeing
How does it work?
Broad guidance
National standards and resources
Putting trust in the professionals
Sharing best practice across the profession
Unique ‘Glow’ network joins up the country
What will young people experience?
A broad and deep education
Learning according to needs and interests
Better engagement
More able to apply knowledge
Support for learning and with life’s challenges
Easier transitions: between stages, beyond school
Make useful links between subjects
Active learning: questioning, doing, thinking
Sense of progress through assessment
Options in the senior phase
Achievements outside school valued: whole picture
What parents can do
Sharing, planning and learning!
• Play, talk, read –
• Spend time together
• Show interest, listen, share
• Praise, encourage, support
• Ask about their interests and challenges
• Ask for help –
• Talk to them about how they are feeling
What else can
parents do?
Drink coffee
What else can
parents do?
Fly a kite
What else can
parents do?
Play ball
Further information
Parents can find out more
Teachers and other professionals:
The partners working to deliver Curriculum for Excellence are:
Scottish Government
The government has responsibility for the national education system
Learning and Teaching Scotland
Develops the curriculum, provides information and guidance
on learning and teaching
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Develops, marks and manages the qualifications process
The inspectors who monitor the quality of education

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