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Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks

Last updated:
11 July 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: 

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.

Final Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics

The Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics were published in draft form in August 2016. Following an extensive consultation period, the final Benchmarks are now available below.

Literacy and English

PDF file: Benchmarks for Literacy and English (616 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Literacy and English (1.2 MB)   

Numeracy and mathematics

PDF file: Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics (745 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics (1.2 MB)

FAQ

This frequently asked questions document provides answers to questions posed during the consultation period.

PDF file: Frequently asked questions (28 KB)

Changes between draft and final documents

The changes documents highlight where changes have been made between the draft and final documents, following the consultation process. They are now available for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics.

Achievement of a Level poster

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

PDF file: Achievement of a Level poster (Gaelic) (496 KB)


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)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Literacy and Gàidhlig (Gaelic version) (443 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Literacy and Gàidhlig (Gaelic version) (1.5 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)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Food and Health) - Gaelic version (229 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Food and Health) - Gaelic version (358 KB)

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)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Personal and Social Education) - Gaelic version (231 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Personal and Social Education) - Gaelic version (1.3 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)

PDF file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Physical Education) - Gaelic version (274 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Health and Wellbeing (Physical Education) - Gaelic version (245 KB)

(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

PDF file: Benchmarks for Classical Languages (84 KB)

Word file: Benchmarks for Classical Languages (1 MB)
 

Benchmarks by level

The final versions of the literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics benchmarks are now included in the documents below.

Early level

PDF file: Benchmarks for early level - All curriculum areas (348 KB)

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

First level

PDF file: Benchmarks for first level - All curriculum areas (443 KB)

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

Second level

PDF file: Benchmarks for second level - All curriculum areas (554 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

 

 

Using the Benchmarks

 


 

Benchmarks for curriculum areas beyond literacy and numeracy

 


Contact us

If you have a query or any comments 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