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, compassions 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.
What are the curricular areas in Curriculum for Excellence?
There are eight curricular areas:-
- Expressive Arts
- Health and Wellbeing
- Languages (including Literacy and Modern Languages)
- Mathematics and Numeracy
- Religious and Moral Education
- Social Studies
Importantly, Literacy and Numeracy are given added importance because these skills are so vital in everyday life. All teachers will have responsibility to teach Literacy and Numeracy.
Learning is divided into two phases.
The Broad General Education (BGE) is from nursery to the end of Secondary School Year 3. Learning is divided into levels. The new levels are as follows:-
- Early – the pre-school years and P.1 or later for some
- First – to the end of P.4, but earlier or later for some
- Second – to the end of P.7, but earlier or later for some
- Third and Forth – S1-S3, but earlier for some
- Senior Phase – S4-S6 and college or other means of study