Standing Up For Scottish Education

"In 2015, at the request of the Scottish Government, the OECD published a review of Curriculum for Excellence (http://www.oecd.org/education/school/Improving-Schools-in-Scotland-An-OECD-Perspective.pdf ) As we are bombarded with negativity today, its worth remembering what the OECD concluded:

“The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is an important reform to put in place a coherent 3-18 curriculum. It privileges learning and a holistic understanding of what it means to be a young Scot growing up in today’s world.

At its heart are the four fundamental capacities: i) Successful Learners, ii) Confident Individuals, iii) Responsible Citizens, and, iv) Effective Contributors. Up to around age 15, the aim is to lay the foundations for lifetimes of learning through Broad General Education (BGE), incorporating primary and the first stages of secondary schooling but also early learning from age 3 onwards. BGE is the main object of this OECD review.

There is a great deal to be positive about in such a review: learners are enthusiastic and motivated, teachers are engaged and professional, and system leaders are highly committed. There has been intensive activity to create suites of support materials and a drive to address excessive bureaucracy. There have been extensive professional learning events organised throughout Scotland.

CfE has been anchored in consensus and a wider set of parallel reforms.”"