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CfE Briefings

​A series of briefings designed to provide practitioners with information and advice to support their implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.

1 - Broad general education in the secondary school

Curriculum for Excellence Briefing 1, published on 19 April 2012, covers support for the learner entitlement to a broad general education in the secondary school under Curriculum for Excellence.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 1: Broad general education in the secondary school (1.8 MB)

2 - Assessing progress and achievement in the broad general education

This briefing explores how practitioners are developing suitable, joined-up ways of assessing progress and achievement, which underpin high-quality learning in the broad general education.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 2: Assessing progress and achievement in the 3-15 broad general education (408 KB)

3 - Profiling and the S3 profile

Briefing 3 takes an in-depth look at profiling. It discusses how to manage the process of profiling, what a profile is, who it is for, what should be in it and the main differences between the S3 profile and a report to parents.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 3: Profiling and the S3 profile (2.3 MB)

4 - Interdisciplinary learning

Interdisciplinary learning is a planned approach to learning, which uses links across different subjects or disciplines to enhance learning. This briefing explores interdisciplinary learning, how it can be planned and how you can take it forward.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 4: Interdisciplinary learning (530 KB)

5 - Personalised learning

This briefing explores the practical implications for staff, learners and parents of personalised learning, which presumes a
degree of choice and a stronger role for the learner in making decisions. The paper also explores the entitlement to personal support as the means of ensuring personalisation.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 5: Personalised learning (559 KB)

6, 7 and 8 - Progression from the broad general education to the senior phase

Briefing 6 explores the pivotal role of the S3 experience.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 6: Progression from the broad general education to the senior phase: Part 1 - The S3 experience (433 KB)

Briefing 7 explores the importance of learning in the senior phase to ensure all learners are prepared well for lifelong learning, further study and employment.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 7: Progression from the broad general education to the senior phase: Part 2 - Learning in the senior phase (785 KB)

Briefing 8 looks at how schools and their partners are developing new curriculum approaches that provide flexible achievement pathways at the senior phase.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 8: Progression from the broad general education to the senior phase: Part 3 - Curriculum planning at the senior phase (638 KB)

 9 - Learning about Scotland

This briefing explores the ways in which practitioners across sectors are increasing opportunities for children and young people to learn about Scotland as part of the broad general education (BGE) and in the senior phase.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 9: Learning about Scotland (657 KB)

10 - The role of community learning and development (CLD) and partnership working

This briefing explores the important contribution that CLD is making to CfE outcomes for learners through partnership working in educational establishments and communities.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 10: The role of community learning and development (CLD) and partnership working (2.4 MB)

11, 12 and 13 - Planning for learning

Briefing 11 explores emerging practice in planning for learning through the Broad General Education (BGE) in the early years, primary and secondary S1-S3 stages.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 11: Planning for learning: Part 1 - Through the broad general education (623 KB)

This briefing explores the importance of effective and realistic planning as young people progress in learning or training beyond the end of compulsory education. 

PDF file: CfE Briefing 12: Planning for learning: Part 2 - Further learning, training and employment beyond age 16 (1.4 MB)

Briefing 13 covers individualised educational programmes (IEPs). An IEP is a non-statutory document used to plan specific aspects of education for learners who need some or all of their curriculum to be individualised.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 13: Planning for learning: Part 3 - Individualised educational programmes (IEPs) (457 KB)

 14 - Political literacy

Political literacy is the means by which citizens make informed choices about the kind of society they want to live in. It helps everyone to understand political decisions and how they affect their own lives. This briefing explores the place of political literacy within Curriculum for Excellence.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 14: Political literacy (1.4 MB)

15 - Sciences for all

This briefing explores the pivotal role sciences education has in equipping learners with the skills they need to succeed and flourish in this new world of scientific opportunity.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 15: Sciences for all (993 KB)

16 - Religious observance

This briefing for practitioners is intended to explore the aims and purposes of religious observance (RO) within Curriculum for Excellence. 

PDF file: CfE Briefing 16: Religious observance (Time for reflection) (2 MB)

17 - Scots language

This briefing explores the aims and purposes of including the Scots language as part of Curriculum for Excellence.

PDF file: CfE Briefing 17: Scots language (2.3 MB) 

Related links

What is Curriculum for Excellence? - A quick introduction to Scotland's 3-18 curriculum, with links to key documents. 

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