Curriculum for Excellence

What is Curriculum for Excellence?

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.

The 3-18 curriculum aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work.

The knowledge, skills and attributes learners will develop will allow them to demonstrate four key capacities – to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Developing skills and attributes

It aims to develop four capacities, helping children to become:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors

The totality of experiences

The curriculum includes all of the experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated. These experiences are grouped into four categories.

  • Curriculum areas and subjects
    The curriculum areas are the organisers for setting out the experiences and outcomes. Each area contributes to the four capacities.
  • Interdisciplinary learning
    How the curriculum should include space for learning beyond subject boundaries.
  • Ethos and life of the school
    The starting point for learning is a positive ethos and climate of respect and trust based upon shared values across the school community.
  • Opportunities for personal achievement
    Pupils need opportunities for achievements both in the classroom and beyond, giving them a sense of satisfaction and building motivation, resilience and confidence.

We are currently in the fourth year of implementing CfE, which means all pupils up to S4 are experiencing learning based on the new curriculum. Our S4 have moved into the national qualifications phase of their education, and pupils and parents naturally have questions over these changes. CfE Briefings have been prepared for practitioners to help us understand the new curriculum and may be of interest to parents  click here.

For more information on the background and benefits of CfE, click here to visit the Scottish Government’s website.




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