Background material on this page contains information and links concerned with the educational systems in Scotland. Its main goal is to supply participants of our courses in Scotland with information for their preparation and for further work on the subject.
At present courses in Scotland are exclusively offered in English. Following background information is therefore also provided in English except for one German article by Dr Brigitte Schumann. The English version of this article is a translation of the original German version.
Reports and Review papers
Entwicklung von Schul-und Unterrichtsqualität braucht Selbstevaluation!
Article by Dr Brigitte Schumann on bildungsklick.de of 11 Apr 2016 (only in German!)
Developing quality in the educational system needs self-evaluation
Translation of the article (PDF, 4 pages) – Provided with kind permission
of Dr Brigitte Schumann
Sources quoted therein:
OECD (2015): Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective
(Report commissioned by the Scottish government, PDF, 180 pages, 7.1 MB)
- Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC)
Education Scotland / Foghlam Alba
Education Scotland / Foghlam Alba is an executive agency that supports quality and improvement in Scottish education. Its website is a substantial source of information, to which we'd like to offer some orientation.
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)
What is Curriculum for Excellence?
Aim, purpose, key elements, areas and principles
"The Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks set out clear statements about what learners need to know and be able to do to achieve a level across all curriculum areas."
Experiences and Outcomes
"(often called Es+Os) are a set of clear and concise statements about children's learning and progression in each curriculum area. They are used to help plan learning and to assess progress."
Principles and Practice
"The principles and practice documents are essential reading for practitioners as they begin, and then develop, their work with the statements of experiences and outcomes."
Building the Curriculum
"The 'Building the Curriculum' document series provides advice, guidance and policy for different aspects of Curriculum for Excellence including: the curriculum areas assessment; and developing skills for learning, life and work."
"A series of briefings designed to provide practitioners with information and advice to support their implementation of Curriculum for Excellence."
Curriculum for Excellence: A Statement for Practicioners from HM Chief Inspector of Education (Aug 2016)
"This Statement is part of the streamlined guidance and support produced as a result of the 2015 OECD report."
Further support for practitioners:
The National Improvement Hub
"The Hub provides information and support that enables practitioners to improve their practice and increase the quality of learners’ experiences and outcomes. It provides access to: self-evaluation and improvement frameworks, research, teaching and assessment resources, exemplars of practice and support for on-line collaboration and networks through Glow."
Assessment, Evaluation and Quality:
Building the Curriculum 5 – A framework for assessment
"Building the Curriculum 5 (2011) provides guidance on the main areas of the assessment strategy for Curriculum for Excellence."
A framework for assessment
(PDF, 63 pages, 4 MB)
(PDF, 15 pages, 615 KB)
Understanding, applying and sharing standards
(PDF, 19 pages, 773 KB)
Recognising achieving, profiling and reporting
(PDF, 25 pages, 1.5 MB)
Quality assurance and moderation
(PDF, 16 pages, 1.2 MB)
Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy
The CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy was established in 2013 by the Scottish government to identify main drivers around excessive bureaucracy during the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence. The group issued two reports so far:
The Eurydice Network provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies.
EURYDICE / National Education Systems / United Kingdom - Scotland
Description of the national education system in Scotland
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