Curriculum Reform Background

The Curriculum Reform subgroup is one of the four workstreams within the Scottish Government’s Anti-Racism in Education Programme. This subgroup is leading work to embed anti-racism across the curriculum at local and national levels.

Scotland’s Curriculum covers all aspects of the life of the school and the experience of learners. It is designed to be ‘a coherent, flexible and enriched curriculum that is adaptable and responsive to the diverse needs of individual learners and which reflects the uniqueness of their communities’. (Scotland’s Curriculum)

Scotland’s schools and Curriculum seek to promote and inspire a sense of belonging, inclusion and social justice for learners, practitioners and the wider community. Learners have a right to learn in an equitable environment where all cultures, religions, identities and languages are recognised and valued and where the curriculum responds positively to the diverse needs of individual learners, reflecting the uniqueness of our communities. Anti-racism in education is for all learners, whether living in one of Scotland’s cities or in a small rural community. Anti-racist education is set in a rights-based context, supporting learner agency and is underpinned by the four capacities

This image shows race equality and anti-racist education surrounded by the four context of the curriculum for excellence (curriculum areas and subjects, opportunities for personal achievement, interdisciplinary learning, ethos and life of the school), these are in turn surrounded by the four capacities (successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, responsible citizens)