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A Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)


What is a Curriculum for Excellence and Why Change?


In 2002 the Scottish Executive embarked on an extensive consultation exercise on the state of school education. This National Debate showed that people wanted a curriculum that would fully prepare today’s children for adult life in the 21st century.


The purpose of the revised curriculum is to help children to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors (these are known as the four capacities). This framework puts the child at the centre of the curriculum.


The revised curriculum areas will be:


·     Expressive Arts

·     Language and Literacy

·     Health and Wellbeing

·     Mathematics and Numeracy

·     Religious and Moral Education

·     Sciences

·     Social Studies

·     Technologies


‘Stages of Learning’ ~  The 5-14  attainment levels will be replaced with ‘Stages of Learning’. These stages reflect the maturation of children and the changing ways in which they engage with learning as they develop. The framework for these stages is as follows:





Pre school years and P.1 or later for some


To the end of P.4 but earlier or later for some


To the end of P7 but earlier or later for some

Third and Fourth

S1 to S3 but earlier for some The fourth level broadly equates to SCQF level 4

Senior Phase

 S4-S6 and college or other means of study





In summary, A Curriculum for Excellence aims to provide a coherent curriculum for age 3 to 18 years, giving a broad education with opportunities for developing skills for learning and skills for life and work, with a continuous focus on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.






What are the main Principles which inform our curriculum?


The main Principles, which form the Curriculum for Excellence, are:

  • Challenge and Enjoyment:

The experiences and outcomes are designed to open up opportunities for active, challenging and enjoyable learning .

  • Breadth:

Children will have sufficient time to make progress through all the experiences and outcomes so that they can apply their learning in a range of situations.

  • Progression:

Children will experience a suitable, challenging gradient of progression, building upon and maintaining achievements.

  • Depth:

Time will be spent discussing learning, explaining it to others and applying what has been learned in different contexts, spending time to probe and research particular issues to add depth to learning

  • Personalisation and Choice:

Teachers in depth knowledge of children’s prior experiences, learning and interests, will allow them to provide rich opportunities for children’s choice and independence.

  • Coherence:

Children will be encouraged to see links between different aspects of learning within and across different subject areas.  There will be flexibility within the organisation of the school day to promote coherence in learning

  • Relevance:

Children will understand the relevance of their classroom learning, seeing connections with experiences of the world of work, in a way that links their learning beyond the school environment.


To find out more information about Curriculum for Excellence visit the Education Scotland website and download the leaflet below.,2582V,3CY0J0,7QWS6,1