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Curriculum for Excellence

Children and young people's learning will progress through six curricular levels from the ages of 3 to 18. Each of the levels generally spans 3 years. However, children progress at different rates and some may take longer or need additional support, while others will achieve confident learning skills sooner.

In general:

  • The Early Level covers the early years in nursery and Primary 1
  • The First Level covers P2 to Primary 4
  • The Second Level runs until the end of Primary 7
  • The Third and Fourth Levels cover from Secondary 1 to Secondary 3
  • The Senior Phase runs from S4 to S6 in school and college, or other means of study, up until the age of 18

Effective transition arrangements are especially important in Curriculum for Excellence to ensure continuity of learning for each pupil. Key transitions are from nursery to primary, from primary to secondary and during the Senior Phase to ensure a positive destination into higher education, work, training or college.

The curriculum will help children and young people develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

  • Every teacher will be responsible for literacy and numeracy - skills that unlock other subjects and are vital to everyday life
  • Every teacher will look after our children's health and wellbeing
  • Teachers will work together to plan a child's 'learning journey' from 3-18, helping them move from nursery to primary, on to secondary and beyond, ensuring they can learn in a way that works for them, at a pace they can cope with and with challenges they can thrive on

Curriculum for Excellence is an approach to teaching which is interactive between teachers and those children and young people with whom they are working.

Curriculum for Excellence provides increased opportunities to link learning across different curricular areas for example, planet earth draws on sciences but could also include geography and mathematics.

Children and young people will experience a broad range of learning at an appropriate level of challenge and have opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of situations.

Contact information

Education & Schools
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