Curriculum for Excellence
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2011)|
Curriculum for Excellence is the national curriculum for Scottish schools for learners from age 3 to 18. It was developed out of a 2002 consultation exercise – the 'National Debate on Education' – undertaken by the then Scottish Executive on the state of school education. In response to the National Debate, Ministers established a Curriculum Review Group in November 2003 to identify the purposes of education for the 3 to 18 age range and to determine key principles to be applied in a redesign the curriculum. Its work resulted in the publication in November 2004 of the document A Curriculum for Excellence. This document identified four key purposes of education; those that enable young people to become, "successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors."
Before its introduction, many within the Scottish teaching profession, including the teachers' trade union The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and its members, believed that the Curriculum for Excellence was vague, in particular regarding its supposed 'outcomes and experiences'. There existed a fear that this imprecision would result in a lack of clarity in what was expected of teachers in the classroom and in the assessment of pupils' progress and attainment. At present (January 2013), the Curriculum is in the secord school term of its first year of operation, and concerns remain about assessments.
The original concerns led one of the most educationally successful Scottish local authorities, East Renfrewshire, to delay implementation of the secondary school phase of the new curriculum by one year. Some Scottish independent schools, including St Aloysius' College, in Glasgow, chose to do likewise.St George's School for Girls, an independent school in Edinburgh, decided not to adopt the Curriculum for Excellence and offered the General Certificate of Secondary Education for pupils entering its Lower 5 (Scottish S4 or fourth year) classes from 2013 onwards.
- "A Curriculaum For Excellence by the Curriculum Review Group". The Scottish Government. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Union concern at new curriculum". BBC Scotland News. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Leading private school to delay start of new exams". The Herald Newspaper, Glasgow. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
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