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Curriculum for Excellence

The curriculum aims to ensure that all the children and young people of Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need if they are to flourish in life, learning and work, now and in the future.

The changes brought about by Curriculum for Excellence should lead to improved quality of learning and teaching and increased attainment and achievement for all children and young people in Scotland, including those who need additional support in their learning.

The curriculum must be inclusive, be a stimulus for personal achievement and, through the broadening of experience of the world, be an encouragement towards informed and responsible citizenship.

The aims of Curriculum for Excellence are that every child and young person should know they are valued and will be supported to become a:

  • Successful learner
  • Confident individual 
  • Responsible citizen 
  • Effective contributor

Every child and young person should:

  • Experience a traditionally broad Scottish curriculum that develops skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, with a sustained focus on literacy and numeracy; that encourages an active, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyle; and that builds an appreciation of Scotland and its place in the world
  • Benefit from learning and teaching that strikes a better balance between equipping them with the skills for passing exams and skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. There should be no need for groups of young people to take examinations before the end of S3.
  • Have their learning and achievements recognised by an assessment system that supports the curriculum rather than leads it and ensures that their transition into qualifications is smooth.
  • Has the clear purpose of ensuring that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they need to flourish in life, learning and work – now and in the future. 

The changes brought about by Curriculum for Excellence should lead to improved quality of learning and teaching, as well as increased attainment and achievement for all children and young people aged 3-18 in Scotland, including those who require additional support in their learning.