Leadership without power. What is curriculum for excellence?. Curriculum for excellence will raise standards and help improve achievements for 3-18 year olds. This means improving learning and teaching for our children, however, wherever and whatever they learn.
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It’s raising standards of education to meet the increasing challenges of a changing world – preparing our young people for the unknown. Higher standards will be expected than at present to equip our children for the increasing complexity of the world. Standards will be monitored by schools, centres, HMIE and Local Authorities.
It’s bringinglearning to life – building on the many ways that teachers already make learning engaging. It offers experiences around real life issues, working in groups, working outside the classroom, working in different environments with interesting materials and tools.
It’s bringing real life to learning – making learning relevant to the world young people live in; developing skills for learning, life and work.
Everyone will develop important skills in literacy and numeracy that will underpin all learning. Industry and enterprise will offer opportunities for young people to develop skills needed for the world of work.
Ongoing assessment by the teacher will provide a rich picture of how much young people know, how well they are doing and what they need to learn next to progress.
From time to time teachers will summarise children’s progress through the curriculum for excellence levels.
In these cases the outcome is based on the teacher’s knowledge of the young person’s abilities. Where necessary, joint assessments with specialists like speech therapists will help teachers plan and work together with other professionals to support young people.
Professionals are encouraged to see the whole child – recognising their achievements in and out of school – from sport and volunteering, to the Duke of Edinburgh award.
All teachers are responsible for 3 fundamental aspects of learning: literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
Literacy - reading, writing, interpreting information, spoken language, using computers, film and new media.
Numeracy - arithmetic, numbers, calculations, finance.
Literacy and numeracy skills help children grasp every other subject and are vital for work and throughout life.
Health and wellbeing - nurturing mental, emotional, social and physical skills to develop self-esteem and positive relationships; and to pursue a healthy lifestyle and fulfil children’s potential. It covers topics from nutrition to exercise, healthy eating to drink/drug awareness, anti-bullying to buddy schemes.
This means encouraging children to ask questions, seek answers for themselves, work together and discuss ideas, challenge and come up with their own solutions.
It’s proactive learning; taking responsibility for learning; taking an active interest.
Curriculum for excellence marks a shift from prescriptive guidance to more professional freedom and responsibility.
It provides broad guidance on the kinds of experiences and outcomes that the curriculum should provide for all children and young people and then gives professionals the responsibility to work together to make it work.
Teachers and practitioners work with other professionals – like speech therapists, health and social workers to plan a child’s support.
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