Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels during the broad general education
As part of the
National Improvement Framework for Education, the Scottish Government gathers annual information about children and young people’s achievement in aspects of literacy and numeracy during
their broad general education (BGE). The BGE covers children’s time in education from age 3 until the end of third year at secondary school [S3].
The information is based on teachers’ professional judgements and was provided to the Scottish Government by local authorities.
The data shows the percentage of children within P1, P4, P7 and S3 who have achieved the
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) level expected at their stage in reading, writing, listening and talking, and numeracy.
Teachers’ professional judgement of achievement of a CfE level is based on all of the evidence they have gathered during the ongoing assessment of children and young people’s learning. Assessment is part of everyday learning.
You can learn more about the National Improvement Framework and how learning is assessed during the BGE on Parentzone Scotland’s
National Improvement Framework page.
In the past the media have compared data for individual schools and presented this as league tables. This implies that the schools which are at the top of the table are the best in Scotland and those at the bottom, the worst. This is very misleading for parents because schools operate in very different circumstances and cannot therefore be compared in this way. The context of a school must be taken into account to understand how well a school is doing.
Does the data include information on every child in Scotland?
The data relates to children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 from every publicly funded school in Scotland. A very small proportion of children have long term significant and complex additional support needs that mean it is unlikely they will progress through the CfE levels during their time in education. These children are recorded as 'child following individual milestones' and are included in the data.
Some children and young people in Scottish education learn through the medium of Gaelic. This is known as Gaelic Medium Education (GME). The collection of data on CfE levels reflects how children and young people learn in GME.
The achievement of a level in literacy and English of children and young people in GME is collected at P7 and S3 only. This is collected along with the levels of those in English medium education. This approach takes account of when children in GME begin to formally study literacy and English as part of the curriculum.
The assessment of numeracy of children and young people in GME is through the medium of Gaelic and is reported for those learners at the end of P4, P7 and S3. Teachers use their judgement, and where appropriate, may assess achievement of a level in literacy and English, and numeracy for children in GME in earlier stages than those reported to the Scottish Government. This gives teachers the flexibility to take account of whether children have started to learn Gaelic as part of GME in nursery or P1.
Where children have not been assessed at a particular level in GME they are not included in the data publication.
Can my child be identified from this information?
The presentation of the achievement of a level data has been very carefully considered to ensure that individual children cannot be identified. For some very small schools this means that data cannot be made public at all.
To preserve the confidentiality of individuals, asterisks (*) have been inserted in the tables instead of figures for some schools and categories. This is where percentages are based on data for more than 0 but fewer than 21 pupils. For results based on 21 pupils or more, percentages of children achieving a level have also been presented in bands (0% to less than 10%, 10% to less than 20%, etc) rather than providing the exact percentage for each school.
You can find links to the national, and local authority and school level data on the achievement of CfE levels on the
Scottish Government web page.
If you have questions you may find it helpful to talk to your child’s school.
Senior phase school leaver data
In order to help raise attainment and support school improvement, information is gathered annually on the attainment and destinations of school leavers across Scotland.
The information presented here is designed to give parents a view of how schools are meeting the challenges facing Scottish education today:
- equipping children and young people with the skills, experience and attitudes needed in the 21st century,
- raising attainment for all, and
- ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed.
The data comes from the Scottish Government's online tool for educational professionals, called Insight. Insight presents attainment data from Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) accredited courses achieved by pupils during their senior phase (S4-S6). Awards gained before the senior phase are not considered in this data. Not all achievement awards are recorded in Insight.
The current performance data is not directly comparable with archived data due to changes brought about by Curriculum for Excellence and the phased introduction of new National Qualifications.
For further background and technical information please read the
PDF file: School Leaver Performance Data - Background Information