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Senior phase progression. Andy Travis Head Teacher, Meldrum Academy. Meldrum Academy. Rationale for CfE. This curriculum will Improve learning and teaching Raise standard of achievement for all Improve literacy, numeracy and health and well being of all. School journey.

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senior phase progression

Senior phase progression

Andy Travis

Head Teacher, Meldrum Academy

rationale for cfe
Rationale for CfE
  • This curriculum will
    • Improve learning and teaching
    • Raise standard of achievement for all
    • Improve literacy, numeracy and health and well being of all
school journey
School journey
  • A long and winding road
    • Not linear but the school community moved together
    • Have taken opportunities to stop, catch our breath and regroup
    • Main message to all – this curriculum will keep evolving
    • At all times keep up the conversation with pupils, parents, staff and partners.
bge to senior phase
BGE to senior phase
  • Developing approaches to L&T across the school
    • HOTS & systems thinking
    • Meldrum taxonomy
    • I see, I think, I wonder
    • Good practice reports
  • Emphasis on skills development
    • Within faculties
    • Literacy & numeracy – school & cluster approaches
    • Health & well being- HWB survey, Seasons for Growth,
  • Transitions
  • Interdisciplinary learning – within & between faculties
professional learning
Professional Learning
  • School working groups. Leading learning for other staff.
  • Provide numerous leadership opportunities
  • Job embedded & context specific (school/cluster)
  • Mini lessons or good practice based around specific learning goals
  • Encourage other teachers to try it and see
  • For teachers led by teachers

Faculty of Design - Art & Design + Design TechnologyDevelopment of agreed common skills – drawing & designing Transition project P7-S1-S3. Inset for primary colleaguesProfiling tool – reflective record of skills development, communication between teacher and student

capacity building courses
Skills development S1-S3- Learning, life & work.

Group work (Primary project style) 2 periods/week

Planned and delivered by teams of teachers.

8 week blocks

Research and investigation skills RISK

Energy Oil/gas/renewables



Opito Lego challenge

Youth & Philanthropy Initiative -YPI

Capacity Building Courses
s3 bge
  • Personalisation
    • Limited choice
    • Keep all options open for Senior Phase
  • Develop skills for the senior phase
  • Base courses on E&O’s at level 3&4
  • Science with Chemistry, Social Subjects with History, Business with Finance, ICT with Admin, Technology
senior phase partnership
Senior phase - Partnership
  • FE colleges – North East Scotland College
  • NC & H+ courses
  • H+ Courses – Mechanical Engineering, Accounting, Admin/ICT, Electronics, Computing
  • S5 3 or 4 Higher courses & 6 HNC credits
  • S6 1 or 2 H or AH courses & 6 HNC credits
  • School teaches ‘top-up’ engineering maths

Maths Level 4


Level 4

Physics level 5

Design and Manf. level 5

Graph Comm level 5

Skills for Work College

Graph Comm Higher

Physics Higher


HNC Engineer

Maths Level 5

Stephen’s journey

College HNC Engineer

In S3 Stephen thought that he could would like to work as a mechanical engineer. In S4 he chose to spend one day a week at local college on practical course. He enjoyed college and joined the H+ scheme in S5. He did Higher maths and the school supported him with classes in engineering maths. He made a presentation to local employers as part of a business engagement evening and then was successful in getting an Oil and Gas Industry apprenticeship with an oil supply company.

future challenges
Future challenges
  • Personalising learning
  • Professionalising teaching
  • Intelligent accountability
  • Innovation
  • Networking