Impact and benefits of Curriculum for Excellence

The Scottish Government has published four short films on the Engage for Education website - three sector specific, featuring a nursery, primary and secondary school, and one combined - in which learners, parents and teachers describe the impact and benefits of Curriculum for Excellence.

The films contribute towards the Cabinet Secretary's Curriculum for Excellence Action Plan 2011/12 commitment to develop new materials for parents which illustrate the benefits of Curriculum for Excellence, following calls for such resources from parents.

They have been developed in co-operation with the National Parent Forum of Scotland and aim to help answer some of the questions that parents have about the new curriculum.

Curriculum for Excellence is the most important and exciting educational reform in Scotland for a generation.

The four films are:

Learning through play  - Lochgelly Sunflower Nursery, Fife

Curriculum for Excellence is not a 'one size fits all' curriculum. It provides greater personalisation and choice so that learning is more challenging, enjoyable and relevant to each child’s needs, strengths and interests.

Watch the Learning through play video on the Vimeo website.

Woodland classroom  - Heathhall Primary School, Dumfries and Galloway

Curriculum for Excellence aims to raise ambitions and improve young people's attainment and life chances by making learning and teaching more directly relevant to the world we live in today.

Watch the Woodland classroom video on the Vimeo website

The United Nations: The Girl Effect - TrinityAcademy, City of Edinburgh

Under Curriculum for Excellence every child and young person is entitled to experience a rich broad general education up to the end of S3, before formal study for the new qualifications begins from S4 onwards, building on that earlier learning.

Watch the United Nations - The Girl Effect video on the Vimeo website

CfE impacts and benefits overview: early years, primary and secondary.

Curriculum for Excellence was introduced in all publicly-funded schools in Scotland in August 2010. It is backed by extensive national guidance, training and support from the Scottish Government and its partners.  

Watch the CfE impacts and benefits overview video on the Vimeo website

Author Scottish Government
Publisher Scottish Government
TypeAdvice and information resource

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