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.
Curriculum for Excellence is being successfully implemented in St. Andrew’s through collaborative curriculum planning and financial investment. We strive to provide a wide range of stimulating learning activities which support and challenge learners. Recent purchases of up to date hardware and software packages has significantly enhanced teaching and learning at every stage. Co-operative learning and outdoor learning is embedded in our practice and is instrumental in supporting the seven principals of Curriculum for Excellence.
The school involves parents in the pupils’ education through school improvement questionnaires, newsletters, curriculum workshops and open afternoons.
Our six week induction programme has had significant impact in the transition process between Nursery and Primary 1. The school also liaises closely with all secondary schools to ensure smooth transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Parents are informed of sensitive aspects of learning e.g. relationships, sexual health, parenthood and drug awareness by oral and written communication from staff and the school Home link Officer.