Category Archives: Curriculum for Excellence

National Qualification Updates

New Qualifications –December Update

Update for Parents

Draft Course Assessment Specifications for Advanced Higher

SQA has published draft Course Assessment Specifications for Advanced Higher.

These documents define the mandatory assessment requirements for Advanced Higher. The documents describe the structure of the Course assessment and the mandatory skills, knowledge and understanding that will be assessed and state which aspects of added value will be used to address the purposes and aims of the Course.

Course Assessment Specifications will support practitioners and centres, enabling them to help learners prepare for Course Assessment. They can be accessed using the subject drop-down menu at

You can give us your feedback on the draft Advanced Higher Course Assessment Specifications via ‘Have Your Say’

Final documents for Advanced Higher will be published at the end of April 2013.

SQA CfE Web Pages

SQA’s website is one of the main channels we use to communicate and engage with all of our audience groups on the development and implementation of the new National Qualifications. We want to ensure that it meets their needs and allows them to access relevant information.

We have recently undertaken user testing of the web pages with each of our main audience groups. As a result of this work and the feedback we received, we have redesigned and restructured the pages to make them clearer and easier for them to understand and navigate their way around – allowing them to find the information they are looking for.

Look out for the new web pages in January 2013 –

Please let us know what you think of them –


We have a suite of guides, which are available to read and download on our website, along with other resources such as theMythbusterand Jargon Buster.

•        Guide for teachers and lecturers
•        Guide for parents and carers
•        Guide for learners
•        Guide for employers

Our Curriculum for Excellence Liaison Team continues to work with schools and colleges to provide them with support and advice about the new qualifications and ensure they have the information they need to prepare learners who will study towards the new qualifications. Find out more at

Education Scotland has today published the first two reports in a Curriculum Impact series.

Education Scotland has today published the first two reports in a Curriculum Impact series that is designed to present a subject-by-subject picture of how children and young people are experiencing learning in different areas of the 3-18 curriculum across the country.

These first two reports focus on the sciences and social studies.  Setting a pattern for others that will follow, they provide subject-specific analysis and evaluation of current practice, based on a range of independent inspection activities, and they then go on to identify emerging innovative and thought-provoking practice, while highlighting important areas for development.

To read the reports in full or to download a copy please visit our website:

National Parent Forum of Scotland: BeXcellent — CfE website for Scotland’s students



 Enter our BeXcellent competition today

 Time is running out to get your entries in for our BeXcellent competition.

We want to hear about young people’s experiences of excellent learning – and there are great prizes on offer!

Send drawings, poems, stories or photographs that show learning in action.

Closing date – 12 October.

Visit the BeXcellent website – – to find out more.

E-mail your entries to

Further competitions can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

BeXcellent Comp Children National Trust

BeXcellent Comp Children’s Shoes

BeXcellent Comp Children SPY for a Day



Following on from our May Newsletter please find the latest news about Curriculum for Excellence.

Curriculum for Excellence Audit

Read the report of the results of the Curriculum for Excellence audit, (click to open hyperlink) carried out with each of Scotland’s Local Authorities. The audit was carried out throughout March and April 2012 on progress in preparing for the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in secondary schools.

Curriculum for Excellence Implementation Plan 2012-13The plan (click to open hyperlink) highlights the key implementation priorities of Curriculum for Excellence for 2012-13.  There is also an accompanying letter (click to open hyperlink) from Bill Maxwell, Chair of the Curriculum for Excellence Implementation group.

NPFS Newsletter

The latest newsletter (click to open hyperlink) from the National Parent Forum of Scotland is available now, please share this with your parent council.

Kind regards

Iain Ellis, Chair NPFS

Curriculum for Excellence in Angus Secondary Schools

Three documents (listed below) re Curriculum for Excellence in Angus Secondary Schools have been added to the Curriculum for Excellence page of the Blog:

  • A Parent’s Guide to New National Qualifications – Frequently asked Questions
  • A Parent;s Guide to New Curriculum Structures – Frequently asked Questions
  • Typical Learner Journey’s in Angus

Curriculum for Excellence Factfiles

Six Curriculum for Excellence Factfiles have been added to the Curriculum for Excellence Factfiles/Leaflets page of the Blog. Please click on the links below to access these:

CfE (Factfile) – 3 to 18 Transitions

CfE (Factfile) – Assessment and Qualifications

CfE (Factfile) – Background and Benefits

CfE (Factfile) – Numeracy Across Learning

CfE (Factfile) – Parents as Partners

CfE (Factfile) – The Secondary Experience

New Curriculum for Excellence Films for Parents


This is to let you know that that we have just published some new short films on Curriculum for Excellence for parents on the Engage for Education web site at  The films illustrate, in nursery/primary/secondary learners’, parents’ and teachers’ own words, the kind of impact and benefits that CfE is having across the country. 

The films contribute towards the Cabinet Secretary’s CfE Action Plan 2011/12 commitment to develop new materials for parents which illustrate the benefits of CfE, following specific calls for such resources from parents.  They have been developed in co-operation with the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

I appreciate that your authority and nurseries/schools will have their own communications strategies and plans around CfE, but would greatly appreciate your support in asking schools and others to share these latest materials with parents and others pro-actively – for example on websites, by twitter, on blogs etc.  We will also be sending promotional flyers on the films to Parent Council Chairs and head teachers shortly.

Thank you once again for your help and support.

Lorraine Sanda                                                                                                                                                       

National Parental Involvement Coordinator