Curriculum for Excellence
Presentation for Parents and Parent
What is Curriculum for Excellence?
Scotland’s new curriculum
What your child will be learning
New ways of teaching and learning
More emphasis on Skills for learning,
work and life
• New exams
• But also much more…..
We are preparing young people for jobs
that don’t yet exist….. requiring
technologies that haven’t yet been
invented….. to solve problems of which
we are not yet aware.
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The future of education in Scotland
The hope is that all Scottish children become
 confident individuals
 successful learners
 responsible citizens
 effective contributors to work and
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Design Principles
Challenge and Enjoyment
Personalisation and Choice
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Curriculum Areas
Languages and Literacy
Mathematics and Numeracy
Expressive Arts
Social Studies
Health and Well Being
Religious and Moral Education
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• Experiences and Outcomes
• Experience: What a child is learning to do the different experiences that make up
that learning
• Outcome: What a child can do as a result
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Responsibility of all teachers
• Literacy
• Numeracy
• Aspects of Health and Well-being
• Four Capacities
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Senior Phase S4-S6
Study for qualifications
Challenge and Depth to learning
Wider Achievement
Planning beyond school
More formal assessment
Further development of 4 capacities
Promotion of active and healthy lifestyle
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New Qualifications
• retention of National Qualifications at Access, Higher and
Advanced Higher, revised in line with Curriculum for
• the new qualification to replace the present Standard Grade
and Intermediate qualifications at SCQF levels 4 and 5 –
National 4 and National 5; and
• the development of new qualifications in literacy and
numeracy – National Literacy and National Numeracy – at
SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5.
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Approaches to Learning and Teaching
• Allow for choice
• Encourage independence
• Give children ownership
• Encourage children to explain their thinking
• Help children to make connections
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Greater focus on Successful Learning
• Wanting to learn: seeing the point of it all
• Learning by doing: practising, having a go,
making mistakes
• Positive feelings: usually based on other people’s
reactions to what we do
• Making sense: “digesting” what we learn, to gain
our own understanding
Who Learns Wins by Phil Race
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Outside school
Much of Learning and Experience takes place
out with school
 at home and within the family
 at clubs and in community settings
 individually and with friends
All of these experiences contribute to 4
capacities, and a young person’s broad
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What is the role of parents in Curriculum for
Education is changing…
Understanding the big picture -“Its about what you
need to be a successful, contributing human
being in the 21st century.”
“In a world of accelerating change, parents need to
imagine the kind of education that will equip their
children to lead fulfilled and successful lives.”
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Where do parents come in?
 Schools and nurseries must engage with
parents about the education of their
children (Parental Involvement Act 2006)
 Partnership working is key to Curriculum
for Excellence
 Parents have a responsibility to support
their children and contribute to their
learning and well being
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How can schools do it?
Working with you as partners – doing it together
• Involving parents
• Listening to parents
• Sharing views and opinions
• Valuing opinions
• Trying to understanding each other
• Providing information and support
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How can parents do it?
• Find out more about Curriculum for Excellence
• Get involved in what is happening in your school
around Curriculum for Excellence
• Support your school
• Ask for information if you don’t think you have it
• Work at that relationship
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All types of involvement make a difference!
 Great deal of learning goes on outside school
 Support at Secondary and beyond still makes
a significant difference
 Where parents are involved children do better
 Results in achievement, attitude and
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All Parents
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What can Parent Councils do?
• Thinking about what type of information the Parent Forum
• Consider how best the information can be shared?
• Identifying skills and expertise within the Parent Forum
• Making connections with voluntary sector, community,
health and business
• Feedback to Headteacher
• Running Focus Groups with Headteacher on proposed
• Feeding back to Local Authority and Nationally
• Talk to young people themselves…….
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A hundred years from now it will not matter
what kind of car you drove, what kind of
house you lived in, how much you had in
your bank account, or what your clothes
looked like.
But the world may be a little better because
you were important in the life of a child
Margaret Fishback Powers

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