Last Updated: Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Resources to support the Refreshed Curriculum for Excellence Narrative

What is this?

These resources have been designed to support practitioners in engaging with the Refreshed Curriculum for Excellence Narrative, published on 9 September 2019.

Who is this for?

All education practitioners.

Where are the learning opportunities during COVID-19 for learning across the four contexts and using the four capacities? Watch this space for ideas and suggestions.

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting different approaches schools are taking to sharing their learning across the four contexts. This week the spotlight is on Mossend Primary School and Nursery Class, North Lanarkshire. A blank template can be found in the link below, as can a growing collection of examples. Please use the blank template to share your approach.

Four contexts at Mossend Primary School and Nursery Class

PDF file: A growing collection of examples of learning across the four contexts (1.1 MB)

PDF file: Learning across four contexts blank template (70 KB)

PPT file: Four capacities collection (986 KB) - templates for the four capacities that can be used to capture and share the development of skills and attributes.

Four contexts at Skene Square - Skene Square School, Aberdeen, captured learning across the four contexts from individual children and young people and their families.

Explore this resource

A refreshed narrative on Scotland's curriculum has been prepared in response to a recommendation made to the Scottish Government by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

It has been created with and for teachers, revisiting the initial Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and setting it within the current context. The refreshed narrative aims to:

  • celebrate the successes of CfE and build confidence for future development;
  • maximise and develop opportunities to meet the aspirations of our learners;
  • stimulate fresh thinking about Scotland's curriculum;
  • engage in professional dialogue in curriculum design and inspire, share and nurture innovation.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney discusses the refreshed narrative in more detail in this video from the Scottish Learning Festival 2019.


Resources are being co-created with practitioners to support curriculum conversations and more will be added in due course.

PPT file: The four contexts (911 KB)

PPT file: The four capacities (1.5 MB)

PDF file: The four capacities cards (printable) (119 KB)

PDF file: Refreshed CfE Narrative A3 poster (1123 KB)

PDF file: Refreshed CfE Narrative A5 booklet (115 KB) - To print this booklet which highlights the key messages of the Refreshed Curriculum for Excellence Narrative, please select 'flip on short edge' in your printer settings.