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.
All schools are expected to report on curriculum level achievement for literacy and numeracy, and data will be collected and collated for reporting at national level. For the purposes of national reporting, schools are not currently expected to report on CfE levels for any other areas of the curriculum.
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.
CfE Benchmarks: FAQs
This paper aims to answer some of the questions practitioners have asked about the Benchmarks since their publication. It seeks to clarify some key points, and to support effective use of the Benchmarks as part of assessment and moderation.
(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.gov.scot)
The Benchmarks for literacy and English; Literacy and Gàidhlig; and numeracy and mathematics were revised following consultation. The documents below provide details of the changes made to the original versions.
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.