Category Archives: Support

Additions to the LTS Curriculum for Excellence website

We’ve received an update of all the recent additions to the LTS CfE Website from August to November 2009 in one document. We thought this was worth sharing here. It does not include Management Board minutes and papers that have been added to the site.


Assessment for Curriculum for Excellence (September 2009)

Assessment is a key strand of work in implementing Curriculum for Excellence.
At the Scottish Learning Festival on 23 September the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong learning, Fiona Hyslop, announced the publication of the strategic vision and key principles for assessment in Curriculum for Excellence.

Now available on the Curriculum for Excellence website the Assessment for Curriculum for Excellence document sets out the Scottish Government’s strategy on how to build on our existing strong foundations of effective approaches to assessment.

Building the curriculum & Building your curriculum

Building the Curriculum 4: Skills for learning, life and work (November 2009)

Building the Curriculum 4 aims to help all those who are involved in planning and delivering young people’s learning across all sectors and settings. It sets out key messages about how children and young people develop and apply skills as part of Curriculum for Excellence, so as to bring about the transformational changes needed to improve the life chances of young people in Scotland.

Building your curriculum (August 2009)

A new area entitled ‘Building your curriculum’ was added to the Curriculum for Excellence website in August 2009. This section offers materials designed to help schools and other establishments in designing curriculum structures that reflect the features set out in ‘Building the Curriculum 3’ and meet their local contexts and priorities.

Early insights (August 2009)

This section shows the progress some schools have been making in developing their own curriculum structures around transition, the senior phase and a broad general education, and the totality of the curriculum.

Pupil Voice (August 2009)

Three new videos were added to the Curriculum for Excellence website exploring what pupils and students want from their education, including their answers to four questions related to putting ‘Building the Curriculum 3’ into practice.

Building your curriculum – an inter-authority approach (October 2009)

This study outlines how six education authorities worked collaboratively with LTS and the Scottish Government to plan and deliver a joint event which would support schools in developing their thinking on curriculum structures and reflect the framework set out in ‘Building the Curriculum 3’ (BtC3).

Exemplification and case studies

Support for staff – exemplification of Curriculum for Excellence

Exemplification of good practice used in implementing the experiences and outcomes was published on the Curriculum for Excellence website from October onwards. The case studies provide staff with exemplars of how some schools in Scotland have started to implement Curriculum for Excellence.

Early level

Supporting the Early Level resource (October 2009)

Children’s Minister Adam Ingram launched the Curriculum for Excellence ‘Supporting the Early Level’ resource in October 2009. Information about the resource is on Early Years Online. The new DVD resource will help early years practitioners and teachers to develop successful practices in areas such as active learning, self evaluation, additional support needs and the learning environment – including making the best use of outdoor opportunities.

The Early Years Framework – Putting the Vision into Action (October 2009)

Outcomes from the HMIE/LTS Good Practice conference for early years that was held in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, on 9 June 2009.

Modern Languages

Working together to develop cultural awareness and multilingualism (October 2009)

Clarifying the learning: Sharing the standard (October 2009)

Using collaborative learning and peer mentoring to improve transition (October 2009)

Partnership working in modern languages using collaborative learning and ICT (October 2009)


Properties and uses of materials (October 2009)

Promoting science during primary to secondary transition (October 2009)

Social studies

Planning for the Scottish dimension (October 2009)

Improving engagement by developing literacy and numeracy in social studies (October 2009)

Scotland’s History Online (November 2009)


B!te: Big Ideas – Technical Education (October 2009)

Computing for Excellence – HMIE-LTS Good Practice conference for computing and information systems. This joint conference was held in the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline on 3 June 2009 (October 2009)

Healthy Eating project – Dollar Academy (October 2009)

Blast from the Past – Scottish history project (October 2009)


Growing up with Loch Leven – exploring literacy across learning (October 2009)

Social studies and literacy at third level (October 2009)


Co-operative learning activities: an active approach to teaching numeracy (October 2009)

Using numbers to count – pathways to numeracy (October 2009)

‘In the Doghouse’, a numeracy across learning project (October 2009)


Planning an interdisciplinary study on China (November 2009)

Planning for a broad general education (November 2009)

16+ Learning Choices in action (November 2009)

More Choices, More Chances – Alva Academy (August 2009)

Other resources

CfE News (September 2009)

CfE News – a newspaper for practitioners – was developed to showcase and signpost practitioners to just some of the support, advice and online resources available on the CfE website. 96,000 copies were issued in September across the entire educational community

Keynote presentations and three workshops (September 2009)

The keynote presentation and the three workshops from the nationwide ‘Turning the experiences and outcomes into action’ events which took place last session were put up on the CfE website to offer support for the next stage of implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. These materials can provide the groundwork for further discussion within educational establishments, for example during in-service days.

Experiences and outcomes by level (November 2009)

The experiences and outcomes can now be downloaded by level as Word and PDF documents. These levels documents have been added to the ‘Getting started’ section of the website.


Trailer for Parent Toolkit (November 2009)

In January, a Curriculum for Excellence toolkit to support all practitioners as they engage with parents and carers will be launched. As implementation gets underway it will help all those who work with children and young people to deliver key information around Curriculum for Excellence and answer questions parents and carers may have about how it will affect their own child.

Secondary CfE CPD Survey > Results

Earlier this month I carried out an online survey of the Secondary Teachers in East Lothian to find out what their CPD priorities are in terms of implementing Curriculum for Excellence. The survey consisted of 19 statements and teachers were asked rate their CPD need on a five point scale. There was then space for any other comments. The survey was completely anonymous. 84 teachers responded – a huge thank you to you! The summary of their responses can be seen in the presentation above, or you can download the PDF.

In order to work out priorities I found the average score for each statement and ordered them from highest to lowest need:

  • I know what pupils are doing in the feeder primaries and how I can build on the knowledge and skills which they have already developed.
  • I know how I can provide assessments which reflect the values and principles of Curriculum for Excellence.
  • I know how to use the web (including EduBuzz & Glow) to support learning.
  • I know how I can contribute to the development of Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work in my pupils.
  • I have an idea of what my lessons will be like once Curriculum for Excellence has been implemented fully.
  • I know how to plan for collaborative learning in my classroom.
  • I know how to provide interdisciplinary learning to my pupils.
  • My pupils take ownership of their own learning.
  • I can make some changes in light of Curriculum for Excellence.
  • I know how I can deliver some of the experiences and outcomes which are the responsibility of all – Numeracy, Literacy and Health & Well-being.
  • I understand the relationship between Curriculum for Excellence and Assessment is for Learning.
  • I understand what Curriculum for Excellence means for me and my pupils.
  • I know what collaborative learning is.
  • I am familiar with the experiences and outcomes which are the responsibility of all – Numeracy, Literacy and Health & Well-being.
  • I can use Assessment is for Learning strategies in my classroom.
  • I know what interdisciplinary learning is.
  • I know where to find information on Curriculum for Excellence.
  • I understand the theories underpinning Curriculum for Excellence.
  • I am aware of Curriculum for Excellence.

I’ve now taken the top five priorities and begun planning the CPD I could offer as a result of this. This is very much at a draft stage, but you can see what I’ve come up with here. Feel free to comment below with any suggestions for changes/additions/removal.

Curriculum for Excellence sessions for primary staff

A reminder that Curriculum for Excellence sessions are being held for all primary staff this term. 

Please  sign up for sessions through Staff Development using codes provided.

Tuesday 10th November Prestonpans Primary School ECS 366

Wednesday 11th November  Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School ECS 367

Thursday 12th November Wallyford Primary School ECS 372

Wednesday 18th November Dunbar Primary School ECS 368

Thursday 19th November Haddington Infants School ECS 369

Monday 23rd November King’s Meadow Primary School ECS 370 (NQT only session)

Tuesday 24th November Gullane Primary School ECS 371

Opportunity for all staff to come along and discuss current practice and progress being made with CfE, share ideas and/or concerns.

All sessions 4.00-5.30pm


Online Planning Tool

Online Planning Tool

This planning tool is available from Learning Curve. It is designed to help teachers create topic plans and programmes of work which reflect Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. The software enables teachers to plan cross-curricular projects and rich tasks which detail:

  • Experiences and outcomes
  • Contexts for learning
  • Learning intentions
  • Approaches to learning and teaching
  • Assessment methodologies

The tool is free to use until Christmas, after this you would have to pay a subscription, but it may give a good starting point and it provides examples from a variety of sources.

Support for Staff now available

Exemplification (now called Support for Staff) has now begun to appear on the LTS website. There is a little there for Literacy, Numeracy, Sciences, Modern Languages, Social Studies & Technologies. It is my understanding that there will be much more to follow. The LTS website says of this support:

The case studies in this section provide staff with exemplars of how some schools in Scotland have started to implement Curriculum for Excellence.

They are divided into curriculum areas and within each you can find innovative teaching methods, video clips of good practice and numerous support materials for your own use.

These are by no means prescriptive teaching models for the curriculum but are provided to offer you inspiring illustrations of innovative practices that are already being used in Scottish schools today.