Your child is entitled to receive a rounded education, known as a broad general education, from early years through to the end of S3, before moving on to the senior phase of the curriculum in S4 to S6, which will include studying for qualifications.
This broad general education provides your child with a wide range of knowledge, skills and exciting experiences that they can draw on as their lives, careers and job opportunities continue to change.
Each curriculum area in the broad general education is planned around a nationally agreed programme of
experiences and outcomes (often called Es and Os). These describe the knowledge, skills, attributes and capabilities that young people are expected to develop.
Learning in the broad general education may often span a number of curriculum areas (for example a literacy project planned around science and technology might include outdoor learning experiences, research and the use of ICT). There is likely to be themed and project learning, as well as wider opportunities to show how skills and knowledge can be used in challenging, different and interesting ways. The term often used for this is interdisciplinary learning.
This downloadable document has further information about the period of the broad general education, including how learning is assessed, understanding your child's progress and making choices for qualifications.
Note: Although the document refers to secondary schools, much of the information is relevant for the broad general education as a whole.
PDF file: Broad General Education in the Secondary School – A Guide for Parents and Carers (1.6 MB)
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