Assessment for Curriculum for Excellence

Assessment for Curriculum for Excellence

Assessment is a key strand of work in implementing Curriculum for Excellence.

At the Scottish Learning Festival on 23 September 2009, 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.

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.

Count Us In: young people newly arrived in Scotland

HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) has published a report entitled, ‘Count Us In: A sense of belonging: Meeting the needs of children and young people newly arrived in Scotland’.

This study into the educational experiences of ‘New Scots’ looked at the impact of numbers of newly-arrived children and young people from migrant families on education services.

The task involved a survey of all 32 local authorities and direct fieldwork with 12 local authorities. The fieldwork involved interviews with education officers, visits to a sample of schools and discussions with staff, children and parents.

More information here.

Assessment for CfE

LTS reports on the launch of the new paper on Assessment at the Learnng Festival on Wednesday23rd September:

Assessment is a key strand of work in implementing Curriculum for Excellence.  At the Scottish Learning Festival on 23 September 2009, the Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the publication of the strategic vision and key principles for assessment in Curriculum for Excellence. 


How one council found clue to keeping reluctant readers on the right page

 TESS reports: 

It may not have reduced the gender gap, but Renfrewshire writing programme did engage boys more

Secondary teachers assume primary colleagues know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to literacy. But they still have plenty to learn, says Claire Hall, a teacher in Todholm Primary, Paisley.

“I’ll never teach writing the way I used to again. I couldn’t understand why stories the children wrote just stopped. I now know it’s because they were bored. One lesson we learned on this project was to give it to them in manageable chunks. It’s like knitting – if you drop a stitch but carry on, it’s a big job to go back and fix it later.

Developing successful learners in nurturing schools: the impact of nurture groups in primary schools

This publication is designed to stimulate debate on nurture groups in primary schools. It is part of a series of reports which is intended to promote improvements in Scottish education by illustrating effective practice, raising current issues, and stimulating reflection and debate. Another important purpose is to relate existing pedagogy and curricular provision to the aspirations of Curriculum for Excellence.
This report is based on evidence obtained from:
  • information gathered during the period 2006-2008 from general inspection visits where a nurture class, group or approach was being used;
  • questionnaires received from a number of EAs across Scotland;
  • detailed, structured interviews with senior staff in six education authorities;
  • EAs which had adopted nurturing approaches in their schools;
  • visits to schools with nurture groups which had been recommended by education authorities during 2007-2008; and
  • observation of children on split placement in both their mainstream school and within their off-site provision.
Inspectors focused on the quality of learners’ experiences, their attainment and achievements and how well their needs were met by the nurturing approach. Three case studies describing good practice are provided at the end of this report1. In addition, hyperlinks to inspection reports with good practice entries in reports or on the HMIE good practice website are included.

Their only penalty is not to have a good book

TESS reports:

It certainly was a game of two halves when SPL footballers took part in a reading scheme for parents and children
Arild Stavrum, an urbane Norwegian footballer who used to play for Aberdeen, once told me of his dismay at the players’ reading habits on the bus to away games. Teammates would glance over suspiciously as he absorbed Chuck Palahniuk’s latest challenging satire, then every one would settle back into Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.
Scottish footballers may not be renowned for their reading, but a group has been sharing a little-known passion for books that proved crucial in turning families of reluctant readers on to reading.
The SPL Reading Stars scheme required a player from each of the 12 Scottish Premier League teams to recommend a favourite adult book and a children’s book. These then featured in a series of six-week literacy projects in libraries around Scotland.