Have your say on CfE below…
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SQA report on development work relating to National Qualifications – National Units, National Courses, and Group Awards made up of National Units (Awards, National Certificates, National Progression Awards and Professional Development Awards) (pdf)
Update: 9 August 2013:
As the new session commences, the new National 1, National 2, National 3, National 4 and National 5 qualifications will be available in schools and colleges across Scotland.
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Education Scotland: Essential skills in Scotland’s colleges (pdf). This report has been developed as part of the work carried out by Education Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council.
Update: September 2012
Education Scotland: Curriculum Impact series subject-by-subject picture of how children and young people are experiencing learning in different areas of the 3-18 curriculum across the country:
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Changing the Name of Access Qualifications: Access qualifications being developed to support Curriculum for Excellence will be called Nationals.
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What do you think of Curriculum for Excellence?
Is it ready?
Is it in the best interests of children to delay or go ahead?
Do let us know your thoughts…
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New National Qualifications Information and support for teachers and practitioners:
Update from the Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has a number of resources to support teachers and practitioners to help them understand the changes to Scotland’s national qualifications.
There’s still time to give feedback on the documents SQA published in August – Unit Specifications for National 4 and National 5, Course Rationales and Summaries for Access 2, Course Rationales and Summaries for Access 3 and Course Specifications for Higher.
Comments can be left on these documents by 31 October 2011 on the Have Your Say page. A summary of all the feedback SQA has received to date is available here.
In December, SQA and Education Scotland will hold a series of curriculum area update events to discuss several aspects of the qualifications with teachers and hear their views. SAQ will be writing to all local authorities and independent schools about these over the next month.
SQA’s new mythbuster videos are available now and give more information about the new qualifications and answer some of the most common questions. SQA also has several videos explaining its development process and the groups working with it to develop the new qualifications.
Following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement at the Scottish Learning Festival, SQA will be sending a pack to every school and college by the end of October containing copies of the draft Unit Specifications for National 4 and National 5 and copies of its new teacher handbook and parent leaflet.
CfE Website Sections
SQA has sections of the CfE website for teachers, parents and employers. It is designing a new homepage which will direct people to the appropriate area.
SQA is introducing controlled assessment to ensure rigour in assessment methods. This should mean consistent approaches to setting, conducting and marking assessments. “Controlled assessment will make sure that assessment methods are secure, valid and reliable. Assessments will be manageable, fair and consistently applied for all learners”. Find out more about controlled assessment here.
SAQ is still welcoming applications for the 3 appointee roles – Principal Assessors, Item Writers and Item Checkers - for the new qualifications. The closing date is 26 October 2011. Additional information on other CfE related vacancies can be found here.
Continue to visit www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence for the latest news and resources. Use the subject drop-down on each page to find the latest information for your subject. Sign up for MyAlerts to receive e-mail updates.
13 September 2010:
While primary school staff see CfE as an opportunity to do more cross-curricular work and adopt a more creative approach to teaching, concerns have been voiced:
- that time and guidance are needed to ensure progression through the identified levels;
- that a national standard is required so that moderation is realistic and parents are assured that progression is taking place in their children’s learning journey; and
- about the existing mindset/expectations of HMIE.
The picture in secondary schools is more mixed. While the cross-curricular approach has been welcomed by some and many innovative approaches have been introduced, there are well-founded concerns about implementation and lack of clarity about the existing guidance.
You would have thought, given the time it has been in the making, it would be ready by now and everything would be prepared and all the concerns about implementing it would have been addressed, but still the debate rumbles on. Current probationers will probably have retired before the debate ends on whether CfE really is excellent and takes Scottish education forward or is vague and woolly and sets it back.
“Famous” might be stretching it for some of these people but that’s not a criticism of them but of government hype. Distinguished and relevant some might be, but have others been selected for the relevance of their input or for their fame or media pulling power?
Do we really want Curriculum by Celebrity? Surely classroom practitioners and educationalists are the best people to develop a curriculum.
Mike Russell has assured Voice that if schools need particular help they will be given it. In addition he had asked former Directors of Education David Cameron and Keir Bloomer to produce simplified versions of Building the Curriculum. This seems a somewhat incongruous solution but we will see what emerges.