This PowerPoint presentation has been created to help you speak to parents/carers, and to help you explain to them what Curriculum for Excellence is and how it will affect their child(ren). It has also been designed to help you convey the essence of CfE by using simple everyday objects. Please use this in conjunction with the Quick Guide reference cards, which are available in hard copy and online. The approach is to immediately engage parents (either as a group or in a one-to-one situation).
We ’ re introducing Curriculum for Excellence to raise standards in learning and transform education in Scotland. So what ’ s new? What ’ s the big difference? Well, Curriculum for Excellence is all about bringing real life into the classroom. And taking lessons beyond the classroom. It ’ s about bringing life to learning. And learning to life. Curriculum for Excellence focuses on the importance of improving your child ’ s knowledge, and developing skills in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing. And promotes the ability to learn – a skill for life that will help young people go on to further study, to secure work and to navigate through life. It promises to support children in every way possible, so everyone can fulfil their potential and make the most of life ’ s opportunities. What ’ s more, it will help your child to be a successful learner, confident individual, responsible citizen and effective contributor.
This will show you how Curriculum for Excellence is different. Here are three real-life, familiar objects. A coffee cup.
And a basketball.
Objects like these can show in a clear way that we can learn from things all around us.
Take the simple coffee cup. It can engage, involve and interest children and young people in many ways. Through social studies – learning about how it ’ s made from 100% recycled material. Through science – how it keeps contents hot. Through mathematics – finding out about the multi-million dollar industry.
Or the kite. Through science – how a kite can fly. Through expressive arts – learning about packaging design. Through mathematics – how kites can be sold for profit.
And the basketball. Through health and wellbeing – by developing fitness. Through literacy and English – understanding how marketing can promote famous sports brands. Through technologies – learning how important surface grip is. All three of these examples show how we ’ re bringing real-life into the classroom. Working in this way helps pupils see there are opportunities for learning all around us. And it ’ s making learning relevant, fun and engaging.
So why change? Well, this is the next progressive step for our education system. We see this as a positive move in preparing children and young people for an ever-changing world. And, as you can see, there are many advantages to be gained. It is all about forward thinking, progression and building on Scotland ’ s strong reputation for providing a great education.
An introduction scotsystem
Context• Government carried out extensive research• Asked parents what they know and want to know• Main concern was: ‘What’s happening to my child?’• Plea: ‘I want to hear about Curriculum for Excellence from the professional who knows my child’• Local context: ‘I want to hear how my child’s school is implementing it’• Toolkit of information produced as support for staff• Equips practitioners to talk to parents• Developed in consultation with practitioners and parents
Curriculum for Excellence• Raising standards• Improving knowledge• Developing skills
A cup of coffee, a kite, a basketballAll familiar objects
Look againThere are opportunities for learning all around usin everyday life.Parents can have fun with this too.That’s bringing life to learning and learning to life.
The challengeEquipping our children with the knowledge and skills we believe they will need• to succeed in a future we don’t yet know• to secure jobs yet to be invented• to build self-esteem and resilience• to harness knowledge yet to be discovered.
What’s the aim?Curriculum for Excellence: the three pillars• Raising standards• Improving knowledge• Developing skills…Bringing life to learning and learning to life
Why change?• Preparing young people for an ever changing world• Nurturing them to be: – successful learners – confident individuals – responsible citizens – effective contributors• Build on Scotland’s reputation for having a great education system
What’s different?• A planned ‘learning journey’ from 3 to 18• Improved learning and teaching• New qualifications• More rigorous assessment• Provides skills for learning, life and work• Learning more relevant to the modern world
The curriculum• Broad and deep education• General education till the end of S3, then options• Covers expressive arts, health and wellbeing, languages, mathematics, religious and moral education, sciences, social studies, technologies• All staff have responsibility for: – literacy – numeracy – health and wellbeing
How does it work?• Broad guidance• National standards and resources• Putting trust in the professionals• Sharing best practice across the profession• Unique ‘Glow’ network joins up the country
What will young people experience?• A broad and deep education• Learning according to needs and interests• Better engagement• More able to apply knowledge• Support for learning and with life’s challenges• Easier transitions: between stages, beyond school• Make useful links between subjects• Active learning: questioning, doing, thinking• Sense of progress through assessment• Options in the senior phase• Achievements outside school valued: whole picture
What parents can doSharing, planning and learning!• Play, talk, read – visit www.infoscotland.com/playtalkread/• Spend time together• Show interest, listen, share• Praise, encourage, support• Ask about their interests and challenges• Ask for help – visit www.infoscotland.com/justask• Talk to them about how they are feeling
Further information Parents can find out more www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk Teachers and other professionals: www.curriculumforexcellence.gov.ukThe partners working to deliver Curriculum for Excellence are:Scottish Government www.scotland.gov.ukThe government has responsibility for the national education systemLearning and Teaching Scotland www.LTScotland.org.ukDevelops the curriculum, provides information and guidanceon learning and teachingScottish Qualifications Authority www.sqa.gov.ukDevelops, marks and manages the qualifications processHMIE www.hmie.gov.ukThe inspectors who monitor the quality of education
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