S1 Parents – Curriculum for Excellence Information Evening

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S1/2 Parents – Curriculum for
Excellence Information Evening
7.00 pm Thursday 20 November
2014
What’s it All about?
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The 4 Capacities.
Emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and
Health and Wellbeing.
Skills Development.
Redefinition of “Curriculum.”
Reducing Assessment.
Increasing Attainment and
Achievement.
“A Curriculum for Excellence” in
Westhill Academy
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Improved learning and teaching.
Better motivation and engagement of pupils.
Further work with partners to enhance learning
and make it “real and relevant.”
More effective links in learning.
Structural changes from 2/2/2 to 3/3 and the
introduction of the revised qualifications.
Improved achievement and attainment.
S1- 3 Broad General Education
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English/Maths – 2.5 periods S1 – S3.
Science – 2 periods S1/2 – 3 period Rota in S3.
Social Subjects 2 periods S1/2 – Rota/Choice S3.
Modern Languages – 2 periods S1- S3. Tasters in
S3 for German and Spanish.
Art, Design and Technology – Linked S1/2 –
Discrete S3.
Drama/Music– Linked S1/2 – Discrete S3.
S1 – S3 BGE Continued.
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Home Economics – 1 period S1/2.
Computing/Business Education – 1
period S1.
Media Studies/Business – 1 period S3.
PE – 1 period S1, 2 periods S2/3.
Personal and Social Education – 1
period S1 – S3.
Skills Based Short Courses 2 periods in
S2.
The S3 Experience
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S3 completes the Broad General Education and
prepares for the National Qualifications.
Pupils will select 4 subjects in addition to English and
Maths in February/March of S3 to start to study in
June, the start of S4.
In most subjects they will be picking a subject and
not a level.
All pupils will complete a Profile to record their
achievements in the BGE and out with school.
Qualification Framework
Old System
Revised System
Curriculum for for
Excellence from May 2014
1/2 Access 1 and 2
Access 1 and 2
National 1 and 2 1 and 2
3 Foundation S Grade
Access 3
National 3
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4 General S Grade
Intermediate 1
National 4
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5 Credit S Grade
Intermediate 2
National 5
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6 Higher
Higher
Higher/Higher
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7 Advanced Higher
Advanced Higher
Advanced Higher
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Assessment in the New
Qualifications
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National 1/2/3/4 are entirely internally
assessed. Mostly 3 units plus a value added
task. They are pass/fail.
National 5/Higher/Advanced Higher have
mostlyt 3 internally assessed units and an
external examination. Graded A to D, with A,
B and C being considered as passes.
All are subject to external moderation
procedures by the SQA.

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