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Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks

Last updated:
24 March 2017


What is this?

Education Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Statement for Practitioners (Aug 2016) stated that the two key resources which support practitioners to plan learning, teaching and assessment are: 

  • Experiences and Outcomes
  • Benchmarks

Benchmarks have been developed to provide clarity on the national standards expected within each curriculum area at each level.  They set out clear lines of progression in literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics, and across all other curriculum areas from Early to Fourth Levels (First to Fourth Levels in Modern Languages).  Their purpose is to make clear what learners need to know and be able to do to progress through the levels, and to support consistency in teachers' and other practitioners' professional judgements.

Benchmarks are designed to be concise and accessible, with sufficient detail to communicate clearly the standards expected for each curriculum level.

The Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics can help ensure greater consistency in the assessment data for literacy and numeracy now being collected at national level.

At this point, there is no expectation that teachers will report on learners' achievement of a level in curriculum areas beyond literacy and numeracy.

The introduction of Benchmarks for all other areas of the curriculum needs to be  proportionate and manageable. Teachers and other practitioners should be given time to engage in professional discussion to become familiar with the Benchmarks and start to use them in line with their school improvement plans.

Who is this for?

The guidance is for teachers and other practitioners, including those in early learning and childcare, youth work, colleges and local authorities.

Draft Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics: Tell us what you think

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).

Literacy and English

PDF file: Benchmarks for Literacy and English (797 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Literacy and English (97 KB)

Numeracy and mathematics

PDF file: Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics (250 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics (1.8 MB)

 

Education Scotland has now created Benchmarks in every curriculum area and for each level across the Broad General Education.

Benchmarks for curriculum areas other than literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics

Expressive Arts

PDF file: Benchmarks for Expressive Arts (273 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Expressive Arts (1.1 MB)

Literacy and Gàidhlig

PDF file: Benchmarks for Literacy and Gàidhlig (1.1 MB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Literacy and Gàidhlig (1.3 MB)

Gaelic (Learners)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Gaelic (Learners) (415 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Gaelic (Learners) (1.1 MB)

Health and Wellbeing (Food & Health)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Food & Health) (935 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Food & Health) (2 MB)

Health and Wellbeing (Personal & Social Education)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Personal & Social Education) (310 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Personal & Social Education) (1.1 MB)

Health and Wellbeing (Physical Education)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Physical Education) (509 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Physical Education) (1.2 MB)

(Please note there are no Benchmarks for the 'Responsibility of All' aspects of Health and Wellbeing. If you want to find out more about the reasons for this, please email: EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk)

Modern Languages

PDF file: Benchmarks for Modern Languages (287 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Modern Languages (1.1 MB)

Religious & Moral Education

PDF file: Benchmarks for Religious & Moral Education (230 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Religious & Moral Education (1.1 MB)

Religious Education (Roman Catholic)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Religious Education (Roman Catholic) (306 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Religious Education (Roman Catholic) (1.1 MB)

Sciences

PDF file: Benchmarks for Sciences (724 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Sciences (1.2 MB)

Social Studies

PDF file: Benchmarks for Social Studies (271 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Social Studies (1.1 MB)

Technologies

PDF file: Benchmarks for Technologies (418 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Technologies (1.1 MB)

Classical Languages

Benchmarks for classical languages are currently in preparation and will be published by August 2017.
 

Benchmarks by level

(Please note that the Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics included in these documents remain in draft. They will be finalised in June 2017. Details of the consultation, which ends on 31 March, can be found above.)

Early level

PDF file: Benchmarks for early level - All curriculum areas (662 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for early level - All curriculum areas (2 MB)

First level

PDF file: Benchmarks for first level - All curriculum areas (935 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for first level - All curriculum areas (2 MB)

Second level

PDF file: Benchmarks for second level - All curriculum areas (890 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for second level - All curriculum areas (2 MB)

 

Key messages

Before using the Benchmarks, you are advised to watch the 'key messages' videos. These short clips highlight important information that will support your understanding of the Benchmarks and their purpose. You are also encouraged to watch the Benchmarks exemplification videos and read the supporting papers that provide some early insights into how teachers and schools are beginning to engage with the Benchmarks.

The Benchmarks - Introduction

 

 


PDF file: Benchmarks generic introduction (29 KB)

 

Moderation

 


PDF file: Achievement of a Level poster (79 KB)

 

Using the Benchmarks

 


 

Benchmarks for curriculum areas beyond literacy and numeracy

 


Contact us

If you have a query about the Benchmarks, please email: EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk

Please indicate in your email which Benchmarks you are interested in.




Tags:

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE); Learning and assessment; Numeracy; Literacy