Curriculum for Excellence
Curriculum for Excellence has been introduced across Scotland for all 3-18 year olds – wherever they learn. Its purpose is to improve our children’s life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, andresponsible citizens, with the child or young person at the centre of the learning.
In Aberdeenshire our vision and aims for Curriculum for Excellence have been set out in A Curriculum Framework 3-18 for Aberdeenshire. This policy gives clear guidance to schools on the planning and delivery of a more meaningful set of experiences and entitlements that will prepare Aberdeenshire learners for 21st century Scotland, including access to new technologies to support creativity and learning. There will be personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities. All staff have a responsibility to look after our children’s health and wellbeing – to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure. Across Aberdeenshire communication is being enhanced through the use of Glow (Scotland’s online network). Parents will also be supported to use this technology.
Curriculum for Excellence develops skills for learning, life and work to help young people go on to further study, secure work and enjoy life and leisure. It makes learning relevant and helps young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another, helping children and young people understand the world and make connections. It develops skills so that children can think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions. Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. All staff will be responsible for literacy and numeracy – the language and numbers skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life.
There will be enhanced ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential. There will be newqualifications for literacy and numeracy from 2012/13, and new National 4 and 5 qualifications from 2013/14. Scotland’s well regarded Access, Highers and Advanced Highers will be updated to take account of and support the new approaches to learning and teaching.
Appendix 1: Curriculum Schematic from BtC3
The following diagram from Building the Curriculum 3 sets out the main considerations which require to be taken into account when developing the curriculum. In addition Aberdeenshire 3-18 Curriculum Framework contains a more extensive set of learner entitlements which include: