St Kevin's Primary and Nursery

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.

What are the curriculum areas in Curriculum for Excellence?

Expressive Art

Religious and Moral Education

Health and Well Being


Languages (Literacy)

Social Studies

Mathematics (Numeracy)


Importantly literacy and numeracy are given added importance because these skills are so vital in everday life. All teachers will have responsibility to teach literacy and numeracy.


Learning is divided into two phases

The Broad 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 level – pre-school years and P1 or later for some

First level – to the end of P4, but earlier or later for some

Second level – to the end of P7, but earlier or later for some

Third and fourth – S1-S3, but earlier for some

Senior Phase – S4-S6 and college or other means of study

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