A Curriculum for Everyone

November, 2009

This PINS Seminar explored key developments in the curriculum and what they mean to our work with the vulnerable or disaffected learner. While much of the event was about engaging the audience in reflection and discussion about practice the presenters used PowerPoint’s to emphasise key points and to direct participants to significant online resources.

To introduce the event Frank Crawford, Chief Inspector HMIE led discussion with a presentation on the theme of: What is the curriculum? What is every child entitled to?

  • For an overview of the curriculum go HERE
  • For an overview of the entitlements of every child in Scotland’s schools go HERE

Linda Kirkwood, Professional Advisor to the Scottish Government presented on the topic of A Curriculum for Excellence: Where are we now and what does it mean for the vulnerable or disaffected learner?

  • Download Linda’s presentation HERE

We then heard from Julie Anderson and Suzanne Rennie, policy officers in the Scottish Government who input on the theme of: Building the Curriculum: How does the series inform and impact on our work with the vulnerable or disaffected learner?

  • Download Julie and Suzanne’s presentation HERE
  • For more on Building the Curriculum A Framework for Teaching and Learning go HERE
  • For more on Building the Curriculum 4 Skills for Learning and Work go HERE

Returning to Frank Crawford the seminar heard more about Journey to Excellence with Frank addressing he questions: What do we mean by excellence in the learning we facilitate? How do Journey to Excellence materials support the work of voluntary sector and alternative providers? Frank’s presentation pointed us toward a number of key points, some important resources and information:

Frank reminded us:

A Curriculum for Excellence embodies a new way of working

Inclusion means including everyone in learning and this requires:

  • A strong performance for every single learner in relation to prior attainment
  • Raising the bar whilst closing the gap
  • High performance across a range of curriculum areas
  • A broad range of talents and abilities
  • High levels of competence in core skills

The action required to bring about transformational change must include:

  • Early intervention
  • Staged intervention
  • Proactive partnerships
  • Cross-service working
  • Specific support
  • Resilience
  • Engagement
  • Parents and families
  • Personal planning
  • Staff development
  • Using legislation e.g. ASL Act

The Journey to Excellence resource is available HERE

You can find out find out what pupils, teachers, parents, senior management and support staff  think makes a school excellent HERE

Across the Journey to Excellence resource you can watch short videos and read explanatory text which show what is meant by:

  • Vision and leadership HERE
  • Partnership working HERE
  • Culture and developing a climate of continuous innovation HERE
  • The importance and value of the people that make up the school community HERE