ADES Led Curriculum for Excellence Implementation Partnership

 I have been chairing the Association of Directors of Education (ADES) led Cuurriculum for Excellence Partnership for the last 8 months.

This is a letter recently sent out to members and Directors of Education describing our approach for the remainder of this year.

Dear Colleague

On behalf of the Planning Group I would like to thank you and your colleagues from your Authority for the support they have given to the Partnership over the last six months.

The focus for the first four meetings was primarily upon sharing strategic information about the implementation process in authorities with a view to building capacity within local authorities and partner agencies.

The feedback received after each of these events has been very positive and the high level of attendance suggests that most members of the partnership gained from participation.

Nevertheless, it is our intention to move to a more strategic problem solving approach in the four events that remain for 2009, with a view to generating collective solutions to high-level strategic challenges that are of mutual interest to local authorities and partner organisations.

Following discussion with colleagues and reflecting upon some of the key themes that have emerged over the last year, we intend to focus on four inter-related strategic questions for the rest of this year. These questions are not intended to represent the comprehensive range of issues relating to Curriculum for Excellence but they will allow us to focus our attention on some of the key challenges facing local authorities as we move towards implementation in August 2010. Depending upon the success of this approach we intend to select additional strategic questions post December 2009.

The questions to be addressed are:

September 10th: How can we support a coherent approach to promoting effective learners’ experiences for the P6-S3 stages?

October 8th: How do we develop and provide an accountability framework within which schools can operate with autonomy, flexibility and responsibility in terms of the effective implementation of A Curriculum for Excellence?

November 19th: How can we promote leadership capacity to take forward Curriculum for Excellence?

December 10th: Over the next three years how can we promote wider curricular choice, based upon the principles of personalisation and flexibility, in the senior phase of secondary education?

In order to allow all members to participate fully in the discussions we will be providing authorities and partner organisations with a preparatory task before each meeting. We will also be capturing the outcomes from each of the forthcoming meetings and sharing these with members.

We are also keen to identify any authorities/organisations who would like to take a lead in developing some of these possible solutions with a view to sharing these with partner groups. In some cases we may also seek to convene small working groups to take forward some issues, which are seen to be of significance for all parties. We are hopeful that we can identify some funding to support such individual or collective action for the benefit of all local authorities. I may be able to provide further information about this on the 10th September.

I am also aware that you have recently received a letter from David Cameron, President of ADES, asking you to provide an update on the level of implementation within your own local authority.

We will be using this information to support the second event scheduled for October and I would encourage you to reply to David’s letter as soon as possible in order that we can collate this information with a view to identifying key issues.

I look forward to working closely with you and your colleagues over the coming year and assure you that we are seeking collectively to add value to the implementation process.

Yours sincerely

Don Ledingham

Chair, ADES led Curriculum for Excellence Partnership



Programme for the 10th September 2009


Strategic Question: How can we support a coherent approach to promoting effective learners’ experiences for the P6-S3 stages?

Approach: Following the brief introductory sessions the meeting will focus upon the key strategic question. Using an Engine Room approach we will seek to generate solutions to the following supplementary questions derived from the previous submissions from Local Authorities. These are:

  1. How do we ensure continuity of learning and teaching approaches from P7 – S1?

  2. How do we encourage ownership by all teachers of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum?

  3. How do we encourage subject specific teachers to accept ownership of the development of the four capacities for all children?

  4. How could we give the broad and general P6-S3 curriculum more value for parents, teachers, learners, employers and the general public?

  5. How do we ensure continuation in curriculum areas from P7 – S1?

  6. How will we ensure consistency in terms of assessment standards across schools?

  7. How do we ensure that the full implementation of CfE will lead to an improvement in achievement levels for all Scottish children and young people?

The Engine Room sessions will consist of a managed workshop

9.15 am Arrival, Registration and Coffee

9.45 am – Introduction and Welcome Don Ledingham

– Adding Value to the Implementation Process

– Clarifying our Respective Roles

10.15 am Horizon Scanning Jackie Brock, Scottish Government

10.30am Engine Room – session 1

12.30 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Engine Room – session 2

2.30pm Collating our solutions; identifying next steps

3.30 pm Close