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OECD perspective on Scottish Curriculum for Excellence


Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence is the subject of a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The review, commissioned by the Scottish Government, highlighted the following positive outcomes:

  • levels of academic achievement are above international averages in science and reading and close to average in maths
  • achievement levels are spread relatively equally
  • Scottish schools do very well on measures of social inclusion and mix, for example immigrant children generally perform better than their non-immigrant peers
  • a large majority of students feel positive about their school and teachers
  • nine in 10 school leavers enter a "positive follow-up destination" and two thirds stay in education
  • teenage smoking and alcohol consumption have fallen
  • teachers say disruptive behaviour is in decline

The Curriculum for Excellence has been operating in schools since 2010 and encourages a holistic approach to education, giving teachers more flexibility over what and how they teach.

ASDAN’s Key Steps, Short Courses and Personal Development Programmes offer ideal opportunities for learners to fulfil the four key capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence, enabling them to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors.

Read the full contents of the OECD report 'Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective'.