7 “Curriculum for Excellence allows for both professional autonomy and responsibility when planning and delivering the curriculum. . . The framework provides flexibility ….Such flexibility will result in a more varied pattern of curriculum structures to reflect local needs and circumstances.”Building the Curriculum 3 pp11-12
9 To The 4 Capacities Confident Individuals Successful Learners ResponsibleCitizensEffectiveContributors
10 … to one that recognises the S1-S3 learner as the centre of coherent and complimentary activity. Literacy& languageNumeracyThe 4 capacitiesHealth & Well BeingScience& TechnologySocial SciencesID LearningExp Arts
11 BUILDING THE CURRICULUM 3 A FRAMEWORK FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING FAQ – What it’s all about ?Answer – Page 13 !
12 Values Assessment, qualifications (NEW) The curriculum:all that weplan for children and youngpeople’s learningEffective teachingandactive,sustained learningValuesWisdom, justice,Compassion, integrityEntitlementsIncluding broad general education;Senior phase;Skills for learning,for life andfor workExperiencesand outcomes( I can / I am able to)8 curriculum areasAssessment,qualifications(NEW)PrinciplesChallenge and enjoymentBreadthProgressionDepthPersonalisation and choiceCoherenceRelevanceSupportfor learningthrough choices and changesinto positive and sustaineddestinations
13 A Broad General Education S1 – S3 “A broad general education will include all of the experiences and outcomes across all the curriculum areas to and including the third level. These should be experienced by all pupils, as far as this is consistent with their learning needs and prior achievements. Most learners will progress into the fourth level in many aspects of their learning before the end of S3, laying strong foundations for more specialised learning and qualifications.”n.b. 4th level = SCQF4 = general levelBuilding the Curriculum 3 pp 14-15
14 A Broad General Education “ The period of time spanned by a level will generally be at least two years.The experiences and outcomes are designed to raise the bar of achievement and it is important that staff interpret them in the most aspirational way: (they).. Must not create artificial ceilings.(they) .. Will lead to young people reaching by the end of S3 a level of attainment and achievement deeper and more secure than at present.”Building the Curriculum 3 Page 24
15 A Broad General Education “ The scope offered by the 3 years S1-S3 should be used by schools to plan for coherent programmes which minimise fragmentation, for example by using small teams of teachers working together to cover curriculum areas, each contributing as appropriate from their specialism and by a collaborative approach to planning which enables young people to make connections between different areas of their learning.”Building the Curriculum 3
16 A Broad General Education (IDL) “ By providing motivating contexts interdisciplinary learning can provide access to particular curriculum areas for young people who might not otherwise be motivated by an aspect of learning.“ IDL can provide opportunities to extend and deepen understanding.”Building the Curriculum 3
17 A Broad General Education .. Senior Phase “The senior phase of young people’s education follows their broad general education ,which takes them to the end of S3 or equivalent.The senior phase can be characterised as that which takes place in the final stages of compulsory education and beyond, normally around age 15-18”
18 Broad General Education Some key points :Broad General EducationPrimary / secondary transition – curriculumSchools need evidence that all Es and Os are covered in BGEThe nature / purpose of S3 – the end of BGE or beginning of Senior Phase ?The end of the ‘middle school’ phaseS3 as transition to Senior Phase.
19 Some key points :Delivering BGE and incorporating Personalisation & choice for transition to Senior Phase and qualifications –When ? GCC – not before end of S3
20 Some key points : The Senior Phase A distinct senior phase will follow BGEThe CfE principles and entitlements still apply to the senior phaseArticulation with the new Qualification frameworkNational 3 (Access)National 4 ( General/Int1)National 5 (credit / Int2)National 6 ( Higher)National 7 (Adv Higher).
21 Curriculum Planning CfE Number of subjects in Senior Phase ? ( S4 – S6)Depth of learning not just number of subjects.Flexible pathways for learnersS4 Presentations – for some only ?Qualifications reflect rather than drive curriculum.External partnerships / other qualifications
23 Transition to Higher / Further Education. Learning experiencesWill benchmark move to 6 Highers ?The myth of the ‘2 year’ higherEvidence of breadth – 5/6 Highers plus 2/ 3 National 5s ?Relevance of wider achievement to all facultiesAdvanced Highers / Bac – the new standard ?
24 Key Questions – Parents Understanding of CfEPersonalisation for S3Choice for S4 – 7 subjects / more timeNot common S4 – S6 timetable ( 5/6 subjects)4. English but not maths compulsory S45. Exams in S4 only for leavers.6. Retain 5 subjects in S5.