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Final Benchmarks for literacy and English, and numeracy and mathematics now available
09 June 2017

The final Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics have now been published following an extensive consultation with practitioners.

A wide range of stakeholders provided feedback based on their engagement with the Benchmarks to inform their professional judgement of achievement of a level.

Engagement was through face-to-face sessions in addition to an online survey and attracted feedback from individual practitioners, groups of colleagues from departments, establishments, clusters and local authorities.

This feedback helped shape the final Benchmarks which have now been published on the National Improvement Hub.

Lorna Harvey, Education Scotland's Senior Education Officer for Numeracy and Mathematics, said: "We were keen to engage with the teaching profession on the development of the Benchmarks and it was clear practitioners welcomed the opportunity to be involved.

"We received valuable feedback from across Scotland which helped shape the final Benchmarks to provide clarity of the national standards expected.

"Since publication of the final versions, we have received positive feedback that the Benchmarks reflect practitioners suggestions and will be valuable in supporting their professional judgement of achievement of a level."

Alongside the Benchmarks, Education Scotland also published Frequently Asked Questions and a 'Changes to Benchmarks' document which highlights where changes have been made between the draft and final documents,  providing practitioners with a quick reference to any changes that were made following the extensive consultation process.

The Curriculum for Excellence Statement for Practitioners which was published in August 2016 made clear that the two key resources which support practitioners to plan learning, teaching and assessment are the CfE Experiences and Outcomes and the Benchmarks.

For further information, visit the National Improvement Hub.

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