Curriculum

Scotland’s schools are constantly developing. Under the banner of Curriculum for Excellence the Government aims to ensure that wherever learning takes place it reflects and meets the needs of all pupils. This page will keep you informed of the latest policy and developments affecting your work with schools and learner settings.

NEW - Initial Teacher Education: baseline study

Report on the hours within Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes dedicated to areas such as literacy, numeracy and equality. More HERE

A research strategy for Scottish education

Priorities for a research strategy to support improvement in Scottish education, particularly regarding schools. More HERE

I am a Mathematician

A new learning at home resource, designed to help parents and carers support their children’s learning. More HERE

Getting ready to read

Being able to read well is vital for a child’s prospects at school and in life, yet one in five children growing up in poverty in Scotland leaves primary school unable to read well. This report provides guidance on supporting early language development. Download pdf HERE

Curriculum for Excellence benchmarks

New Curriculum Excellence Benchmarks for all curriculum areas are now available. Benchmarks have been developed to provide clarity on the national standards expected within each curriculum area at each level. More HERE

Tackling sectarianism resources

A variety of resources have been created and delivered to explore the issues surrounding sectarianism. More HERE

“School should be a joyful place” Learning and school life in Scotland

Children’s Parliament reflects on what children have been sharing about their experience of school and learning. More HERE

Labour market pathways for targeted groups

Are you focusing on addressing inequality when it comes to engaging young people in the labour market? Education Scotland is seeking examples for the National Improvement Hub. Contact lindsay.burt@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
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Statistics for Scotland’s schools in 2016

This contains the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, early learning and childcare data , school estates data, attendance and absence data and exclusions data. More HERE

10 tips for launching an inquiry-based classroom

It takes time to build up a strong inquiry-based teaching practice, to learn how to direct student questions with other questions, and to get comfortable in a guiding role. More HERE

Interactive guide to Careers support throughout the school years

The guide shows the support pupils, parents, carers, teachers and practitioners can expect at each school stage. More HERE

Literacy across learning in secondary school

This resource contains practical advice for practitioners in all curricular areas on how to plan learning and teaching experiences to develop and extend young people’s literacy skills. More HERE

Show Racism the Red Card creative competition

This year the theme for the competition is ‘Scotland for All’. The competition is an opportunity to make a stand against racism and/or sectarianism. More HERE

Outdoor learning project reveals children more motivated to learn when outside

Children are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn thanks to a new project commissioned by Natural England that has turned the outdoors into a classroom and helped schools transform ways of teaching. More HERE

Review of unnecessary workload and bureaucracy

Unnecessary bureaucracy is defined as excessive paperwork or electronic form-filling, leading to unproductive workload for staff in schools. The areas requiring most improvement are tracking and monitoring of learners’ progress, particularly in the broad general education, and the development of IT systems to support effective tracking and monitoring. More HERE

Advice on delivering excellence and equity in Scottish education

New documents provide practical advice on planning learning, teaching and assessment - includes a definitive Statement on Curriculum for Excellence and Benchmarks to support assessment in Literacy and English and Numeracy and Mathematics. More HERE

5 reasons why children should learn outside

Nature is a powerful resource – and that’s just reason 1. More HERE

Autism Toolbox 

The Autism Toolbox is a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services in Scotland. As well as introducing and describing some of the more common challenges a pupil with autism might face, it provides real life case studies from Scottish schools and practical examples of support. More HERE

Curriculum for Excellence Implementation Plan for 2016/17 school year

The plan details what Education Scotland, SQA, College Development Network and Scottish Government will do when it comes to guidance and support for CfE including on literacy and numeracy, assessment and qualifications, engaging with parents, the senior phase and employability. More HERE

The Scottish Prison Service Learning and Skills Strategy

SPS have a strategic intention to ensure that everyone in their care has the opportunity to engage in creative and flexible learning that unlocks potential, inspires change and builds individual strength. More HERE

Young people’s views on their RSHP learning

Research has been carried out in the Lothians to find out young people’s views, the research makes an interesting read and the last page shows what young people think the ‘best’ RSHP lesson ever would look like. More HERE

Language Development and Enjoyment of Reading: Impacts of Early Parent-Child Activities

Report from Growing up in Scotland highlights that Girls are more likely to say that they like reading than boys, however although children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to be read to frequently when they are younger, they are just as likely to enjoy reading when they are aged 8. More HERE

The contribution of youth work

The EU report considers the challenges young people are facing and how youth work supports the transition from education to employment. More HERE

New rights for children with additional support needs

Enquire explains how The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 will extend rights relating to education and additional support to children who are 12 and over and have capacity. More HEREs

Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective

This review was commissioned by the Scottish Government to inform the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling. More HERE

Physical activity in the Primary School years

This resource provides a background to physical activity in Scotland and explores different approaches to increasing physical activity taken by three Scottish primary schools. More HERE

Scots Language hub

The new hub features educational resources including a short animated history of the Scots language in addition to a range of materials to support learning and teaching of the mother tongue in primary education and the senior phase. More HERE

Technologies 3-18 Curriculum Impact report

The report evaluates the quality of young people’s learning and achievements in the technologies. More HERE

Health and Wellbeing Responsibility of All: Secondary School Research project

This report sets out the findings from four case studies exploring good practice in the implementation of health and wellbeing: responsibility of all in secondary schools in Scotland. More HERE

Numeracy: Professional learning resources

These professional learning resources provide both an overview and further detail on children and young people's strengths and areas for improvement in numeracy. More HERE

Evaluating and Improving our Curriculum S1 – S3

A clear and concise toolkit to help evaluate the curriculum. More HERE

Literacy writing resource

This professional learning resource provides guidance and exemplification to support the teaching, learning and assessment of writing. More HERE

Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights

The Education Scotland resource develops participants’ knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) with the purpose of promoting rights-based values, attitudes, skills and practices among adults who have a duty of care for children and young people. More HERE

STEM Central resource for learning sciences, technologies, engineering and maths

This resource is packed with ideas and resources and links to help create learning experiences that bring STEM subjects to learners. Using the focus of engineering, the website offers stimulating and challenging experiences for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths based around topical contexts. Go HERE

Curriculum for Excellence Briefings

This is a series of briefings designed to provide practitioners with information and advice to support their implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. Each briefing has a particular focus.

CfE Briefing 15: Scots Language

CfE Briefing 16: Religious Observance

CfE Briefing 15: Sciences for All

CfE Briefing 14: Political Literacy

CfE Briefing 13: Individualised Educational Programmes (IEPs)

CfE Briefing 12: Further Learning, training and employment beyond 16

CfE Briefing 11: Through the Broad General Education

CfE Briefing 10: The role of CLD and partnership working

CfE Briefing 9: Learning about Scotland

CfE Briefing 6, 7 and 8: Progression from the Broad General Education to the Senior Phase

CfE Briefing 5: Personalised Learning

CfE Briefing 4: Interdisciplinary Learning

CfE Briefing 3: Profiling and the S3 Profile

CfE Briefing 2: Assessing Progress and Achievement in the 3 – 15 Broad General Education

CfE Briefing 1: Broad General Education in Secondary Schools

CfE Briefing: Broad General Education in the Secondary School – A guide for parents and carers

CfE Briefing: Question and answer on Broad General Education in the Secondary School

If you have examples of practice, innovative approaches, learning and experience to share please get in touch by emailing info@pinscotland.org