Benchmarks set out clear statements about what learners need to know
and be able to do to achieve a level in Literacy and English and
Numeracy and Mathematics. They streamline and embed a wide range of
existing assessment guidance, including the significant aspects of
learning and progression frameworks, providing a single key resource to
support teachers’ professional judgement. The Benchmarks should be used
to help monitor progress towards achievement of a level and to support
professional dialogue and judgement of when a learner has achieved a
It is not necessary for learners
to demonstrate evidence of every aspect of learning within the
Benchmarks before moving on to the next level. However, it is important
that this is interpreted in ways which ensure no major gaps in
children's and young people's learning.
Benchmarks will ensure greater consistency in the collection of
assessment data across the country. Schools and establishments should
plan to engage with the Benchmarks and accompanying advice as early as
possible in session 2016/2017.
The guidance is for teachers and practitioners, including those in early
learning and childcare, youth work, colleges and local authorities.
PDF file: Benchmarks for Literacy and English (797 KB)
Word file: Benchmarks for Literacy and English (97 KB)
PDF file: Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics (1.8 MB)
Word file: Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics (250 KB)
PDF file: Achievement of a Level poster (31 KB)
The Benchmarks for both literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics have been published in draft form. The reason for this is because Education Scotland wants to engage with teachers and practitioners, as they begin to use the Benchmarks to support professional judgement of both progress towards and achievement of a level. Feedback on specific Benchmarks is also welcome. All feedback will be considered when finalising the Benchmarks.
Give us your feedback on the draft Benchmarks (deadline for responses 31 March 2017. Final versions of literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics Benchmarks will be published June 2017).
We are currently developing benchmarks for the following curriculum areas:
(note that the experiences & outcomes for Technologies are currently under revision)
26 Sept 2016 to 14 Oct 2016 - Initial consultations on first drafts of Benchmarks. Education Scotland’s Senior Education Officers have shared the drafts with subject networks, partners and practitioners.17 Oct 2016 to 2 Nov 2016 - Comments still welcome on first drafts of Benchmarks.
4 Nov 2016 - Second drafts of Benchmarks produced.9 Nov 2016 - Meeting with representatives of professional associations to look across second drafts. Thereafter, third drafts produced.18 Nov 2016 - Education Scotland staff meet for ‘read across’ of all Benchmarks. end Nov 2016 - Final QA of all Benchmarks completed.early Dec 2016 - Benchmarks passed to ES online team for publication.
In line with the Delivery Plan, Education Scotland has now provided Benchmarks in every curriculum area and for each level across the Broad General Education. The Depute First Minister wishes to undertake more stakeholder dialogue before launching the Benchmarks.
If you have a query about the Benchmarks, or would like to be involved in the consultation, please email:
Please indicate in your email which Benchmarks you are interested in.