Last Updated: Tuesday, March 03, 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.

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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.