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).
Education Scotland has now created Benchmarks in every curriculum area and for each level across the Broad General Education. The curriculum areas are shown below. The Depute First Minister has asked for more stakeholder dialogue to take place before these Benchmarks are published. The date of publication will be announced as soon as possible.
(Note that the experiences and outcomes for Technologies have now been updated. The date for their publication will be announced as soon as possible.)
If you have a query about the Benchmarks, please email:
Please indicate in your email which Benchmarks you are interested in.