Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is transforming learning experiences for children and young people across Scotland

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is transforming learning experiences for children and young people across Scotland.

The range of learning opportunities and the breadth of children’s and young people’s achievements is greater than ever before. In recent years there has been a great deal of very positive improvement work in early learning and childcare, schools and colleges on which we can continue to build. Moving forward, the two key priorities for CfE are:

  • ensuring the best possible progression in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing for every child and young person; and
  • closing the attainment gap.

To deliver this focus, a number of challenges remain. There is currently too much support material and guidance for practitioners. This is contributing to the growth of over-bureaucratic approachesto planning and assessment in many schools and classrooms across the country. Despite the recognition of these issues in the Tackling Bureaucracy report, progress has been far too slow. As a result we are taking action to significantly streamline all our support and guidance materials for the curriculum. This statement and the benchmarks to be published this session are key to this streamlined approach.

This statement is intended to provide clear, practical advice for teachers and practitioners on planning learning, teaching and assessment. It provides key messages about what teachers and practitioners are expected to do to effectively plan learning, teaching and assessment for all learners, and also suggests what should be avoided. Teachers should be empowered to use the flexibility that CfE provides to organise learning for children and young people in ways that best meets learners’ needs. Schools should be working in a collegiate way to make key decisions.

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