About Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence is the Scottish curriculum review programme which aims to produce a streamlined educational experience for pupils from 3 to 18 years old.
Curriculum for Excellence aims to enable all pupils to develop their capacities as: successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.
The new Curriculum for Excellence guidance will eventually replace the 5-14 national guidelines.


The 3-18 Curriculum aims to enable all young people to become
Successful Learners with:

  • enthusiasm and motivation for learning
  • determination to reach high standards of achievement
  • openness to new thinking and ideas

and able to:

  • use literacy,communication and numeracy skills
  • use technology for learning
  • think creatively and independently
  • learn independently and as part of a group
  • make reasoned evaluations
  • link and apply different kinds of learning in new situations


Confident Individuals with:

  • self respect
  • a sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • secure values and beliefs
  • ambition

and able to:

  • relate to others and manage themselves
  • pursue a healthy and active lifestyle
  • be self-aware
  • develop and communicate their own beliefs and view of the world
  • live as independently as they can
  • assess risk and make informed decisions
  • achieve success in different areas of activity


Responsible Citizens with:

  • respect for others
  • commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life

and be able to

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it
  • understand different beliefs and cultures
  • make informed choices and decisions
  • evaluate environmental, scientific and technological issues
  • develop informed, ethical views of complex issues

Effective Contributors with:

  • an enterprising attitude
  • resiliance
  • self-reliance

and able to:

  • communicate in different ways and in different settings
  • work in partnership and in teams
  • take the initiative and lead
  • apply critical thinking in new contexts
  • create and develop
  • solve problems
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