Curriculum for excellence levels consolidating
The information included in this publication is the first such data for the BGE to be gathered and published under Cf E.The data shows the Cf E level achieved (as per teacher professional judgements) for each pupil within selected stages (P1, P4, P7 and S3 and for pupils based in standalone special schools/units) in reading, writing, listening & talking and numeracy, and relates to the Cf E level achieved as at June 2016.Further information on Curriculum for Excellence can be found here: for Excellence defines five levels of learning.The first four levels are described in the Experiences and Outcomes, with progression to qualifications described under a fifth level, the senior phase.Accompanying this media coverage of the bureaucratic demands of Cf E on teachers, was an interesting letter in the Herald, presumably from a teacher, saying that Cf E has also become a relentless paper chase for pupils (I agree wholeheartedly with these observations, and am saddened that such a promising policy is not yet living up to its potential. Instead we should be asking why we have come to such a situation, and how we might remedy it. We found, for example, that many primary teachers clearly perceived curriculum development to consist mainly of assessing, recording and reporting against outcomes.This tension has, I believe, been exacerbated by the subsequent development of Cf E since the early days.Early documentation demonstrated a sensitivity towards the dangers of assessment driving the curriculum, however more recent developments reveal a shift in emphasis, making clear an expectation that the Es & Os are assessment standards.
Some children and young people will start learning at these levels earlier and others later, depending upon individual needs and aptitudes.1.2 Curriculum for Excellence levels Curriculum for Excellence is designed to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum for children and young people aged from 3 to 18.The curriculum includes the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated.The Fourth Level experiences and outcomes are intended to provide possibilities for choice and young people's programmes will not include all of the Fourth Level outcomes.1.3 Gaelic Medium Education Children based in Gaelic Medium Primary Schools/classes will learn and develop their literacy and numeracy skills in both the medium of Gaelic and English.The framework is however designed to be flexible in order to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who, for example, have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly high attaining.While children and young people should feel that the transition from one stage of learning to another is smooth, they should still be able to look forward to the excitement of starting nursery, primary school and secondary school, and finally to moving on to positive and sustained destinations. The Fourth Level broadly equates to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 4.So, is it surprising that Cf E has become bogged down in paperwork and bureaucracy?I would welcome response to this question (as comments replying to this post).1.1 Achievement of Cf E Levels Return The data gathered in the Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (Cf E) Levels Return relates to achievement in the Broad General Education (BGE) and is based on teacher professional judgements regarding pupil's achievement in literacy and numeracy against Cf E levels.The data was provided to the Scottish Government by all 32 Local Authorities, as well as grant-aided schools.