A New Curriculum to Ensure Educational Success for Scotland

By: Dustin L. Gee

The Scottish Government plans to reform, simplify, and prioritize the Scottish Education System for students in three to 18 by developing “A Curriculum for Excellence.”

According to “Learning and Teaching Scotland,” the purpose of the programme is to improve the learning, attainment and achievement of children and young people in Scotland.

What’s more, it is also about ensuring that pupils achieve on a broad front, not just in terms of examinations.

Of course once this programme has been instated across Scotland, many separate subjects could be ditched in the first-three years of secondary.

Consultation on the format of future school qualifications ends on Friday, and groups including: parents, teachers, council representatives, have been voicing their concerns and views.

Parents fear the move could leave pupils struggling to choose what to study for on exams.

However, many others believe that “Curriculum for Excellence” is the ultimate option for taking Scottish education to the next level.

Since its inception, the “Curriculum for Excellence” has been geared toward enabling all children and young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society and at work.

More so, the new curriculum format intends to help students develop these four capacities and provide the appropriate structure and support needed for learning in a productive, educational environment.

Learning and Teaching Scotland’s also reports: “The intention is to alter the balance between a process that is heavily dependent on content, and learning and teaching approaches that improve pupils’ understanding of what is being taught. This is not a one-off change but the start of a continuous process of review to ensure that the curriculum remains up to date.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman told The Scotsman: “Curriculum for Excellence is a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from three to 18, focused on the needs of children and young people.”

As of now, the consultation on national qualifications is one of the primary components holding up the successful delivery and implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence Programme.