A Curriculum for Excellence


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  • A Curriculum for Excellence

    1. 1. Rhona Arthur Assistant Director, SLIC/CILIPS
    2. 2. <ul><li>Scottish Government </li></ul><ul><li>Concordat </li></ul><ul><li>5 strategic priorities </li></ul><ul><li>National indicators and targets </li></ul><ul><li>Single outcome agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Skills for Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Glow </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>National Debate 2002, ACfE 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>First integrated curriculum from 3-18, irrespective of educational establishment; </li></ul><ul><li>4 capacities: Successful learners; Effective contributors; Responsible citizens and Confident individuals </li></ul><ul><li>a broad general education with a focus on outcomes; </li></ul><ul><li>more opportunities to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work for all young people at every stage; </li></ul><ul><li>focus on literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing at every stage; </li></ul><ul><li>ensuring connections between all aspects of learning and support for learning. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>8 curriculum areas </li></ul><ul><li>Health and wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Social studies </li></ul><ul><li>Expressive arts </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Religious and moral education </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy and numeracy </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Draft experiences and outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy and English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numeracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and wellbeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expressive Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious and moral education (also for Roman Catholic schools) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classical languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaelic learners (and also Gaelic and literacy) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Consultation on national qualifications in Scotland launched 10/6/08 until 31/10/08 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scrap Standard Grades at General and Credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scrap Intermediate I and II and replace at SCQF 4 and 5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New qualifications in literacy and numeracy (SCQF levels 3-5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider Scottish Science Baccalaureate and a Scottish Language Baccalaureate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highers and Advanced Highers at Senior Phase as Gold Standard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility of length of study 12-24 months and winter diet of exams </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Inspection regimes </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment strictures – Assessment for learning </li></ul><ul><li>“ Creative thinking and support are required in areas ranging from curriculum planning to assessment” </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure on local authority funding </li></ul><ul><li>Reductionist model – Gershon and Crerrar </li></ul><ul><li>Funding to reduce class sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Single status, pay modernisation </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Access to wide range of information </li></ul><ul><li>Support for attainment across the school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Support for development of literacy, including increasing reading confidence and fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise in the development of information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with the effective use of ICT in learning and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge and skills in promoting reading for enjoyment </li></ul><ul><li>Support for personal and social development </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Library skills courses </li></ul><ul><li>Support for selection of developmental reading </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition of analytical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended book lists </li></ul><ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Book groups </li></ul><ul><li>Use of library catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>Using book/author websites for research </li></ul><ul><li>Development of information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Reading diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation skills, group work, etc, etc </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Group and pair working </li></ul><ul><li>Skimming, scanning and note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>Critical evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of resources for discursive essays </li></ul><ul><li>Planning research </li></ul><ul><li>Peer and self evaluation </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Reading material reflecting cultural diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Careers guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural events </li></ul><ul><li>Help development of informed and ethical viewpoints – research projects, involvement in events like Holocaust Memorial Day, Youth Parliament </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Provision of print and non print resources from which to develop knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership opportunities – helping with library activities like book groups </li></ul><ul><li>Book awards like RED, Angus, Catalyst, South Lanarkshire all help develop critical analysis, develop and sustain arguments, opinions and debate </li></ul><ul><li>Team-working opportunities – library routines </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>ACfE offers opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>To be successful, we will need to be </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible in our approaches to supporting learning </li></ul><ul><li>Build on natural skills of networking and co-operation </li></ul><ul><li>Creative in our thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Imaginative in our resources </li></ul><ul><li>Good team players both in schools and by sharing our experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>www.slainte.org.uk </li></ul>