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Building the Curriculum 4 - a perspective

Building the Curriculum 4 is the latest in a series of information papers intended to help schools and education centres implement Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

While previous publications, in particular Building the Curriculum 3, set out the building blocks and framework of Curriculum for Excellence, Building the Curriculum 4 represents a change in the nature of advice and guidance for schools, since the focus of this new publication is the learner.

Building the Curriculum 4 reminds us that it is learners who are at the heart of this transformational change in our education system, and it places particular emphasis on skills development as a means to enable all children and young people to reach their full potential.

The central theme of Building the Curriculum 4 is the development of skills in young people – a wide variety of skills, but also generic and cross-cutting skills that fall into 3 broad categories:

  • Skills for learning
  • Skills for life
  • Skills for work

Developing skills

So what are these key skills?  In what ways do they make a contribution to a young person’s journey through school education?  How do they combine and inter-connect?  And, most importantly, what can schools do to nurture and foster such skills in young people?

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The Challenge of Transition – Brian Boyd

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Brian Boyd has long been regarded as one of the leading voices in Scottish education and was a member of the original Curriculum for Excellence review group.  In this film Brian identifies successful transition (particularly from primary to secondary schools) as being one of the key challenges in implementing Curriculum for Excellence.

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Listening to Learners – Stephen Heppell

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Stephen Heppell is internationally recognised as a leading voice in education and learning.  In this film Stephen examines the importance of pupil voice and how listening to learners is a vital part of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

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A Pupils' view

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Learning Curve Education hosted a group of eight S3 pupils from Firrhill High School over two days in June as part of their business placement. Rather than ask them to make tea and do the filing, we decided to pitch them in at the deep end and to see if they could research, script, storyboard, film, edit and star in their own short movie.

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