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Curriculum for Excellence

What is Curriculum for Excellence?

Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing an improved, more flexible and enriched curriculum for all children and young people from 3-18. The curriculum includes all of the experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated. All schools and nurseries in North Lanarkshire are working hard to raise standards so that children and young people will develop all of the skills necessary to continue to be successful when leaving school and entering the world of higher education, training or work.

Curriculum for Excellence is underpinned by the values inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament – wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is encapsulated in the four capacities – to enable each child or young person to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.


 A Curriculum for Excellence is a 3-18 Curriculum

Learning is divided into two phases:

The GENERAL PHASE is from nursery to the end of Secondary School Year 3. Learning is divided into levels.
The new levels are as follows:
Level                           Stage

Early                           Pre-school and P1, or later for some

First                           The end of P4, but earlier or later for some

Second                          The end of P7, but earlier or later for some

Third and Fourth                S1 to S3, but earlier for some. The fourth level broadly equates to SCQF level 4

The SECOND PHASE is from Secondary School Year 4 and beyond

Senior phase                    S4-S6 and college or    other means of study

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