CfE (Curriculum for Excellence Explained)

Curriculum for Excellence aims to develop – Confident Individuals, Successful Learners, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens.

These “capacities” reflect the purpose of Curriculum for Excellence to provide pupils with learning/teaching that is more relevant to a changing world.

The programme consists of a number of separate but related elements:

1. a new approach to teaching which is more interactive and less about teachers simply providing information;

2. a slimmed down and updating of what is taught to focus on what is relevant to the world today and what youngsters need to know;

3. more cross-subject teaching i.e. using projects to combine different subjects. For example, in science draws on all the conventional sciences – physics, chemistry and biology;

4. a new focus on literacy and numeracy by all teachers in all areas of the curriculum to help ensure that youngsters become competent in these skills;

5. a modernised qualification / examination system in the upper secondary (from S4) which takes account of both the new style of teaching and learning and the new content; Youngsters will also be assessed on a portfolio of their work in literacy and numeracy and given an award that reflects level of attainment.

6. a recognition that learning happens outside the classroom too so youngsters will be credited for other activities that they do whether these are playing sport/music or taking part in activities like the Scouts.

It is also anticipated that the new approach to teaching and more relevant curriculum will motivate pupils to learn and help them raise their levels of attainment.

Link to SPTA newsletter from which this short summary is drawn.