National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan (NIF) was established in 2015 and set out a clear vision for Scottish Education based on delivering Excellence and Equity. It has four priorities:
To deliver this improvement, six ‘drivers’ were identified. These are:
The Scottish Government reviews the NIF annually and publishes an Improvement Plan which is informed by priorities drawn from the regional, local, and school level improvement plans. It is also informed by the data set out in the
National Improvement Framework Interactive Evidence Report (NIFIER).
school information dashboard represents a change to the way that school and national level information and data is presented through Parentzone Scotland. It brings together a wide range of information, previously featured on Parentzone Scotland, and the Scottish Government website, along with some additional elements, to fulfil this commitment.
Assessment is a central part of everyday learning and teaching for every child and young person. It is the process through which learners and their teachers identify where children and young people are doing well and what they need to do to continue progressing in their learning.
Effective assessment in the
Broad General Education ensures that a child or young person gets the support they need, when they need it, and that they are continually challenged to achieve their best.
Children and young people's progress, strengths and needs are assessed as part of day-to-day learning and teaching. Teachers and others do this by, for example, watching and listening to learners carrying out tasks, by looking at what they write or make and by considering how they answer questions. Children and young people are also encouraged to make judgements about their own learning and set themselves targets for improvement.
From time to time, teachers assess children and young people's learning and achievements in order to record and report on their progress and plan future learning. Assessment information can be shared with parents and carers and with learners themselves. This helps ensure that their progress is on track and that any necessary action is taken to support learning.
Transitions are the moves children and young people make, from home to early learning; from childcare settings to primary school; from stage to stage and class to class, and from one school to another. This includes the move from primary to secondary, through
Curriculum for Excellence levels, and from the
Broad General Education to the
Senior Phase. At these transition points it is important that assessment information is valid and reliable so as to ensure that the pace of learning continues and that teachers are ready to meet the needs of all the children and young people coming into their classes.
A new leaflet, 'Assessing Children’s Progress: A Guide for Parents and Carers', has been developed to provide further information on assessment for parents.
PDF file: Assessing Children’s Progress: A Guide for Parents and Carers (2.5 MB)
storyboard [PDF file] has also been created to help children and young people understand the National Improvement Framework.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has also produced some information about the National Improvement Framework.
PDF file: National Improvement Framework: Sharing information for better learning (345 KB)
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