Progress in Curriculum for Excellence

An important focus of Curriculum for Excellence is pupil participation in setting learning targets, reflecting on their achievements and taking responsibility for their own learning. It is part of 'Assessment is for Learning' (AIFL). This is why the Learning Experiences and Outcomes in Curriculum for Excellence use phrases such as ‘I can…’ and ‘I am able to…’ Greater ownership of personal learning leads to confidence and a sense of success through achievement.

The process of self-assessment, goal-setting and celebrating success is called Personal Learning Planning. Across learning, children will make progress by developing their learning and thinking skills. These are described in the Experiences and Outcomes by the use of verbs. For example, a pupil may begin by remembering information, then move on to understanding it, before applying it, analysing it, evaluating it and finally creating a new idea with it. The development of thinking skills is central to Curriculum for Excellence.  

These transferable skills will equip pupils for the world of further and higher education, for work and for life.

How pupil progress will be recognised...

  • Assessment – the monitoring and tracking of pupils’ learning progress – will be undertaken by teachers throughout the Curriculum 3–18. Increasingly, Significant Aspects of Learning are used for assessment
  • From ages 3 to 15, this will be carried out within schools and centres. National examples and standards will be used which will be available to teachers on the National Assessment Resource, a website portal for assessment in Scotland
  • Assessment will involve looking at a broad range of evidence, such as pupils' folios of work, information from day to day learning and teaching, practical application of learning and teacher professional judgement. Assessment will investigate how well children and young people learn, how much they learn and how their learning and thinking skills are developing
  • Learners and parents will be involved in monitoring and tracking progress, as learners agree and work towards targets
  • Increasingly, computer tracking of pupil progress will ensure information is readily available
  • From ages 15 to 18, assessment will include national qualifications overseen by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

National improvement framework...

Progress across the Curriculum for Excellence levels will be measured at the following stages:
P1, P4, P7 and S1.

Standardised assessments will involve reading, writing, numeracy and health and wellbeing.

These are being devised by Education Scotland and will be implemented from 2017.

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