ADES POSITION STATEMENT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE

• ADES is fully committed to the successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence which we see as crucially important for the young people of Scotland. We therefore welcome the additional support package for secondary schools preparing for new National Qualifications and we will be working closely with our local and national partners in education to ensure that we take full advantage of the additional resources.
• ADES is fully committed to implementation of Curriculum for Excellence for all 3-18 learners in line with the published national timescale agreed by partner organisations on the Management Board.
• ADES believes that Curriculum for Excellence will contribute to significant improvements in learning and teaching in Scottish schools and ultimately improved outcomes for children and young people.
• ADES is very confident that the timetable for the introduction of the new national qualifications – National 4 and 5 in session 2013/14 – is both achievable and appropriate.
• The S3 pupil cohort in June 2013 will all receive individual profiles which will record their progress/achievements against the Experiences and Outcomes in the broad general education phase of Curriculum for Excellence.
• The entitlement to personal support will be delivered for all pupils as an integral part of the Curriculum for Excellence programme 3-18.
• ADES endorses the key principles of Curriculum for Excellence, and also a holistic approach to learning as outlined in Building the Curriculum 3. This recognises 4 different contexts for learning : the ethos and life of the school and community; curriculum areas and subjects; interdisciplinary learning; and opportunities for personal achievement. It also stresses the need to make connections between these contexts.
• The broad general S1-S3 is being planned in line with BTC3 which provides for personalisation and choice ‘The curriculum must include the sciences, languages and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, social studies, expressive arts, health and wellbeing, religious and moral education and technologies. All of these elements must be part of every learner’s broad general education from early years up to the end of S3, although there will be opportunities for some specialisation within areas to reflect the learner’s progress and interest’.
• All curricular courses in the broad general education are or will be planned around the Experiences and Outcomes in Curriculum for Excellence and will provide a coherent pathway into the senior phase (S4-S6).
• Learner pathways through the Senior Phase will build on the entitlements of Curriculum for Excellence, the Broad General Education experienced in the learner’s journey 3-15, will be varied, will reflect the needs, interests and abilities of individual learners,and will enable learners to achieve appropriate levels of qualifications at whatever point they choose to leave school.
• ADES will continue to work locally and nationally with the full range of partners in education to ensure the successful delivery of Curriculum for Excellence thereby placing Scottish learners in a strong position globally.

• ADES is fully committed to the successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence which we see as crucially important for the young people of Scotland. We therefore welcome the additional support package for secondary schools preparing for new National Qualifications and we will be working closely with our local and national partners in education to ensure that we take full advantage of the additional resources.• ADES is fully committed to implementation of Curriculum for Excellence for all 3-18 learners in line with the published national timescale agreed by partner organisations on the Management Board.• ADES believes that Curriculum for Excellence will contribute to significant improvements in learning and teaching in Scottish schools and ultimately improved outcomes for children and young people.• ADES is very confident that the timetable for the introduction of the new national qualifications – National 4 and 5 in session 2013/14 – is both achievable and appropriate.• The S3 pupil cohort in June 2013 will all receive individual profiles which will record their progress/achievements against the Experiences and Outcomes in the broad general education phase of Curriculum for Excellence.• The entitlement to personal support will be delivered for all pupils as an integral part of the Curriculum for Excellence programme 3-18.• ADES endorses the key principles of Curriculum for Excellence, and also a holistic approach to learning as outlined in Building the Curriculum 3. This recognises 4 different contexts for learning : the ethos and life of the school and community; curriculum areas and subjects; interdisciplinary learning; and opportunities for personal achievement. It also stresses the need to make connections between these contexts.• The broad general S1-S3 is being planned in line with BTC3 which provides for personalisation and choice ‘The curriculum must include the sciences, languages and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, social studies, expressive arts, health and wellbeing, religious and moral education and technologies. All of these elements must be part of every learner’s broad general education from early years up to the end of S3, although there will be opportunities for some specialisation within areas to reflect the learner’s progress and interest’.• All curricular courses in the broad general education are or will be planned around the Experiences and Outcomes in Curriculum for Excellence and will provide a coherent pathway into the senior phase (S4-S6). • Learner pathways through the Senior Phase will build on the entitlements of Curriculum for Excellence, the Broad General Education experienced in the learner’s journey 3-15, will be varied, will reflect the needs, interests and abilities of individual learners,and will enable learners to achieve appropriate levels of qualifications at whatever point they choose to leave school.• ADES will continue to work locally and nationally with the full range of partners in education to ensure the successful delivery of Curriculum for Excellence thereby placing Scottish learners in a strong position globally.