Curriculum Matters

Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is the curriculum followed in all Scottish establishments and is built on the values of wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. All children and young people should develop skills for life, skills for learning and skills for work which will prepare them for a world that is changing very fast. The curriculum in our schools will continue to develop over coming years to ensure that all our children and young people become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

The curriculum follows two phases – the broad general education (BGE) and the senior phase.

Broad General Education

One of the key entitlements of CfE is that all children should receive a rounded education, known as the broad general education (BGE), from early years to the end of S3, before moving to a senior phase in S4 to S6 which will include studying for qualifications. This BGE should provide young people with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences that they can draw on as their lives, careers and job opportunities continue to change.

The BGE phase of CfE is closely connected to the senior phase with the learning undertaken until the end of S3 providing a strong foundation for choosing and specialising in a range of subjects. In the senior phase, young people will have the opportunity to take qualifications and courses that suit their ability and interests.

The curricular areas which will be followed within the BGE are:

Literacy, numeracy and health and well-being – responsibility of all; and English, mathematics, modern languages, sciences, social studies, technologies, expressive arts and religious and moral education/religious education in Roman Catholic schools.

In accordance with our Local Authority, a special adapted programme for sex education is delivered through the subject of Health Education. This includes consultation with parents and carers, and will involve the inclusion of a range of support agencies to help deliver this programme.

Our approach to literacy, numeracy and health and well-being involves detailed forward planning. Relevant Experiences and Outcomes across the range of Curriculum for Excellence levels are embedded within our school curriculum; while a broad range of approaches to assessment ensure pupils are progressing with their learning.  Further detail about literacy, numeracy and health and well-being activity is covered in the following sections that map out the learner’s journey.

Literacy and Languages
Numeracy and Mathematics
Health and Wellbeing
Expressive Arts
Social Studies
Religious and Moral Education


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