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Curriculum for Excellence 2020-2021 - OECD review: initial evidence pack

Initial evidence base for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) independent review of Curriculum for Excellence, developed by the Scottish Government, to provide the OECD with contextual information and evidence on the Scottish education system, in advance of their research and engagement work.


Annex F: Education Scotland Support For Implementation of CFE

This Annex gives an overview of some of the support that has been provided nationally by Education Scotland for priority curriculum areas. Further information is available on other subject areas if required.  

Curriculum, learning, teaching and assessment
Name and Curriculum Area / Sector Title of key publication or  advice, capacity building, development initiative etc. Brief description of the support Links to publications, (attach files if more appropriate) /  additional comments
Numeracy & Mathematics National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub  Education Scotland's National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub provides access to a secure online area which hosts a wealth of professional learning activities. This resource showcases examples of interesting practice from establishments and local authorities and delivers a national virtual network for collaboration.

Education Officers review and populate material on the hub to support consideration and effective planning for improvement within the area of numeracy and mathematics.
http://bit.ly/numeracyhub
Numeracy & Mathematics Maths Week Scotland  As outlined within recommendation 2 of the 'Making Maths Count Group- Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation report' (2016), Education Scotland's Numeracy & Mathematics Officers continue to be active partners in the planning, support, facilitation and engagement with 'Maths Week Scotland' in conjunction with educational partners.  A significant part of Education Scotland's work is to support local authorities and regional leads to plan and engage in this annual event to support improvement.

(Many aspects of improvement showcasing can be accessed via the following ES associated Twitter feeds)
https://www.mathsweek.scot/

https://blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/transforming-scotland-maths-positive-nation-final-report-making-maths-count/

https://twitter.com/edscot_maths?lang=en

https://twitter.com/MathsScot?lang=en

https://twitter.com/MathsWest?lang=en
Literacy and English Working with national  partners Education Scotland literacy and English specialists work closely with a number of national partners, such as:

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) - contributing to and promoting the work of Read Write Count, The First Minister's Reading Challenge and the Reading Schools pilot programme.  

Scottish Library and Information Council (SLiC) – the creation of How good is our school library? (a companion guide to the main How good is our school? 4th edition) aims to support school library staff and their senior managers to evaluate the contribution the library makes to school improvement. .
https://scottishlibraries.org/media/2808/hgiosls-pdf.pdf
Modern Languages  Primary and Secondary sectors 1+2 languages survey – report. ES /Scottish Government report  on progress made on the implementation of the 1+2 language policy.   https://www.gov.scot/publications/12-languages-implementation-findings-2019-local-authority-survey/
STEM Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme £1.9 million of funding has been provided to support STEM Professional Learning in 2019/20. Target sectors include early learning and childcare, primary, ASN, secondary and community learning and development. Guidance documents for funding

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme Round Two (2019 – 2020) Leadership and Collegiate Professional Learning Fund Guidance document 

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme Round Two (2019 – 2020).  Regional and National Partner Fund Guidance document
STEM Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme List of professional learning programmes being supported by STEM grants between 2018-20 and also results from the Annual STEM Practitioner and Provider Surveys. See Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme and National Data headers on the following page:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/a-summary-of-stem-resources/ 
STEM Evaluation of Round 1 of the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme Evaluation of Round 1 of Education Scotland's STEM grants programme (2018/20) – external review conducted by ekosgen including Technical Appendices.   Evaluating the Impact of Professional Learning in STEM (education.gov.scot)
STEM Activity of Education Scotland's regional STEM Education Officer Team Analysis report showing the engagement (page 1) and professional learning (page 2) provided by Education Scotland's eight Regional STEM Education Officers between Aug and Dec 2019. This new team arrived in post in January 2019 to support and coordinate activity with Scotland's six Regional Improvement Collaboratives. They also play a vital role in supporting regional delivery of Scotland's STEM Education and Training Strategy, https://education.gov.scot/media/sbqkcvio/stem-grants-programme-round-1-case-studies.pdf
Learning for Sustainability Vision 2030+ Report (2016) and Learning for Sustainability Action Plan (2020)  Supporting national action plan to embed LfS across the curriculum, practice, qualifications and pathways https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/vision-2030-report-concluding-report-of-the-learning-for-sustainability-national-implementation-group/ 
Learning for Sustainability Learning for Sustainability Summary Page Learning for Sustainability main summary page on Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub containing resources, policy, guidance, research and case studies. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/a-summary-of-learning-for-sustainability-resources/ 
Improving Gender Balance Review of Improving Gender Balance Scotland (March 2018) Review of the pilot programme to improve gender balance in STEM subjects. Education Scotland was a key partner in this work with Skills Development Scotland and the Institute of Physics. https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/44705/review-of-improving-gender-balance-2018.pdf 
Improving Gender Balance Improving Gender Balance and Equalities Summary Page Improving gender balance resource bank on Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub including action guides, case studies, videos, research and key guidance. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/improving-gender-balance-3-18/ 
Improving Gender Balance Improving Gender Balanced Briefing This document provides an overview of the Improving Gender Balance and Equalities Programme and how the new team of IGBE Officers are tackling stereotypes and addressing unconscious bias through a regional delivery model. https://www.gov.scot/publications/stem-strategy-education-training-scotland-second-annual-report/ 
Technologies area of the curriculum Technologies Experiences and Outcomes  Technologies Benchmarks In March 2017 a refresh to the technologies curriculum guidance was published alongside the publication of benchmarks in the technologies and all other areas of the curriculum.  The refresh to the technologies guidance and development of the benchmarks was a collaborative process involving teachers, academics and business and industry partners who were consulted and in some cases part of the writing groups.  Education Scotland continue to work with LAs to support implementation of the new guidance, through curriculum Technologies Experiences and Outcomes https://education.gov.scot/Documents/Technologies-es-os.pdf

Technologies Benchmarks

https://education.gov.scot/nih/Documents/TechnologiesBenchmarksPDF.pdf
Digital learning and teaching (part of Technologies) Scotland's Digital Learning and Teaching strategy  In 2017 as part of the Education Scotland Digital learning and teaching programme the digital skills team was established. 2 Education Officers and 6 development officers ( 1 per regional improvement collaborative) work at national and regional levels, Digital Learning and Teaching strategy https://www.gov.scot/publications/enhancing-learning-teaching-through-use-digital-technology/

Digilearn.scot blog 

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/digilearn/
Social studies You Decide Resource for political literacy This resource is aimed at enabling practitioners to improve both their skills and confidence level in teaching political literacy through controversial issues in the curriculum.  It provides guidance on methodology teachers can use to engage learners in a safe and non-controversial way. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/you-decide-a-political-literacy-resource/
Social studies Humanities partnership with Glasgow University An extensive suite of learning resources for teachers on a wide variety of humanities topics offering lesson plans which are developed in partnership with cutting edge academics at the University. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/broad-general-education-glasgow-university/
Social studies Geography for non- geographers video resource The resource is designed to help primary teachers and those social studies teachers who are engaged in single teacher delivery with a concept that many find hard to teach.  There are two videos, power point presentations and other support materials to support practitioner skills and confidence.  https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/4-and-6-figure-grid-references/
Creativity Impact Report on the Strategic Partnership between Education Scotland and Creative Scotland (2015-19) A report evidencing the impact of this key partnership against a set of intended outcomes to promote and embed creativity across education in Scotland. https://creativityportal.org.uk/?q=2015-19
Creativity Creativity Matters: Creating Systems Report (2020) – The Lego Foundation This report presents Scotland's story of education system reform to enhance learners' creativity skills. https://www.legofoundation.com/en/why-play/skills-for-holistic-development/creativity-matters/creativity-matters-report-series/creating-systems/
Health and wellbeing/3-18 all sectors, including children and young people with mild to moderate learning needs 3-18 National Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Resource

Key messages for young people on healthy relationships and consent
Comprehensive set of learning activities for use in educational establishments. The resource is structured in line with Curriculum for Excellence Levels.

Key messages on healthy relationships and consent have been developed as part of the Scottish Government's work on supporting positive relationships and sexual wellbeing in young people. 
https://rshp.scot/ 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/key-messages-young-people-healthy-relationships-consent-resource-professionals-working-young-people/pages/1/ 
Health and wellbeing/3-18 all sectors, including children and young people with mild to moderate learning needs Thematic Review of Personal and Social Education (PSE) The review is part of the Mental Health Strategy 2017 to 2027.

It focused on personal and social education (PSE) in schools and include consideration of pastoral care and guidance, as well as school counselling services
Mental Health Strategy 2017 to 2027

https://www.gov.scot/publications/schools-personal-and-social-education-review/ 

https://education.gov.scot/education-scotland/what-we-do/inspection-and-review/thematic-reports/thematic-inspection-of-personal-and-social-education 
Health and wellbeing/secondary sector, including children and young people with mild to moderate learning needs Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training (SMHFAT) – train the trainers approach Roll out improved mental health training for those who support young people in educational settings.

Training in first aid approaches for mental health should become as common as physical first aid.
Mental Health Strategy 2017 to 2027.
HWB National Improvement Hub exemplars There are over 300 exemplars across all aspects of HWB hosted on Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub.  Links below provide a selection:

Health and wellbeing; Responsibility of all - Making the links…making it work

This resource package is intended to help practitioners and establishments develop a shared understanding of health and wellbeing responsibility of all and to make the process more manageable.

Better Movers and Thinkers

Better Movers and Thinkers (BMT) is an approach in physical education to develop the ability of all children and young people to move and think with a specific focus on  Executive Function (EF) skills 

A summary of Food Education resources

Find key information, resources, exemplification and links to resources on the National Improvement Hub linked to using food as a context for learning.
https://education.gov.scot/improvement/ 

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/health-and-wellbeing-responsibility-of-all-making-the-links-making-it-work/ 

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/better-movers-and-thinkers/

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/hwb42-food-education-summary/
HWB Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE) Year book 2017;  theme Health and wellbeing The Yearbook 2017 presents a range of articles from 12 countries within the CIDREE network who are developing their approaches to improving the wellbeing of children and young people in their schools. http://www.cidree.org/fileadmin/files/pdf/publications/CIDREE_Yearbook_2017_Wellbeing.pdf 
HWB – physical education OECD EDUCATION 2030 – International Curriculum Analysis of  PE/Health Education   National Case Study – Scotland OECD Education 2030 Physical/Health Education – completed Annex 1; input to draft report to ensure accurate data on PE in Scotland is included  http://www.oecd.org/education/2030-project/contact/OECD_FUTURE_OF_EDUCATION_2030_MAKING_PHYSICAL_DYNAMIC_AND_INCLUSIVE_FOR_2030.pdf 
RME/RERC Professional Advice & Guidance for national stakeholder groups Regular advice and guidance/ information sharing with: Church of Scotland, Interfaith Scotland and Humanist Society Scotland, SQA National Qualifications Support Team, Scottish Catholic Education Service, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Edinburgh University, European Forum for the Teaching of Religious Education

Support and advice around relevant matters for RME/RERC, including Religious Observance. 
RME/RERC Professional Advice & Guidance for practitioners: Online Publications A range of professional learning papers around RME/RERC matters to support CLPL for practitioners  education.gov.scot/RME
empowerment(0-5) and (CfE) Early Level (3-6) Realising the Ambition: Being Me National practice guidance for early years practitioners 0-6 (including teachers) http://bit.ly/RtABeingMe 
CfE Early Level Play Pedagogy Toolkit Continuous professional learning resource https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/early-level-play-pedagogy-toolkit/ 
Assessment
Title of key publication or  advice, capacity building, development initiative etc. Brief description of the support Links to publications, (attach files if more appropriate) / additional comments
Chief Inspector's CfE Statement for Practitioners 2016 This statement provided clear, practical advice for teachers and practitioners on planning learning, teaching and assessment within CfE. May 2016 Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Statement for Practitioners
Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks The two key resources which support practitioners to plan learning, teaching and assessment are: Experiences and outcomes, and Benchmarks.  Education Scotland worked with practitioners to develop Benchmarks to provide clarity on the national standards expected within each curriculum area at each level. March 2017 Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks 
Glow
Title of key publication or  advice, capacity building, development initiative etc. Brief description of the support Links to publications, (attach files if more appropriate) / additional comments
Glow Glow is Scotland's nationally available digital environment and can support learning across the whole curriculum. Glow is not just one place or platform, instead it offers a username and password that gives access to a number of different web services.

Funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Education Scotland, Glow provides a safe, online environment for educators, learners and parents to communicate and collaborate using services such as Glow Blogs, Microsoft Office 365, G Suite and Glow RM Unify Launch Pad.
https://glowconnect.org.uk/about-glow/
Gaelic
Name and Curriculum Area / Sector Title of key publication or  advice, capacity building, development initiative etc. Brief description of the support Links to publications, (attach files if more appropriate) / additional comments
Translation of key documents and curricular resources We have been increasing the number of key documents and resources being translated and published to assist in meeting our duty of equal respect to Gaelic and English as an official language of Scotland. Translated resources support practitioners to deliver a curriculum for GME. We provide practitioners with a summary of key terminology to ensure there is a consistent approach across Scotland with the use of new and unfamiliar vocabulary in Gaelic. Resources are available through our online services including GLOW and Parentzone Scotland.  https://education.gov.scot/education-scotland/search/?OriginSubsite=0&query=Gaelic 
1+2 Approach to Language Learning We have produced national guidance to assist local authorities with the implementation of a 1+2 Approach to  Language Learning.  This helped define learning pathways for both GLE and GME.  It also confirmed for many local authorities that Gaelic is part of the 1+2 Approach to Language Learning.  From a national perspective it protected Gaelic's role in the curriculum. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/aite-foghlam-gaidhlig-3-18-ann-an-ionnsachadh-canain-ann-an-alba-modh-obrach-1-2-the-role-of-gaelic-education-3-18/
CLPL Audit Professional Learning As part of the National Gaelic Education Strategy, we published the results of an audit in June 2016 to help ascertain priorities for professional learning for Gaelic Education.

The results were shared with partners and used at meetings to help identify key priorities in Gaelic education and the needs of practitioners. It has informed planning for  improvement. We have increased our professional learning through Glow learning blogs - GME and GLE. We have worked with partners such as Comhairle nan Leabharaichean and SCILT to support the development of literacy skills. We have used our blogs and Professional Learning Community to promote information from a range of partners which supports schools with delivering a curriculum through Gaelic.

Through our newsletters and Briefings we facilitate partners' support for the curriculum, which stems from the CLPL audit which partners still work to.
https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/briefings-on-gaelic-education-fiosrachadh-mun-ghaidhlig/
Scottish National Standardised Assessments for GME, known as MCNG We have supported the Scottish Government at all stages of the creation and implementation of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments for Gaelic Medium Education known as 'Measaidhean Coitcheann Nàiseanta airson Foghlam tron Ghàidhlig' (MCNG).
Community Learning and Development
Name and Curriculum Area / Sector Title of key publication or  advice, capacity building, development initiative etc. Brief description of the support Links to publications, (attach files if more appropriate) / additional comments
Community Learning and Development Improving life chances and empowering communities Community learning and development in Scotland: Findings from inspection evidence 2016-19 HM Inspectors  published an analysis of inspections of CLD in all 32 of Scotland's local authorities over a 3 year period. https://education.gov.scot/media/ryklpn1i/improving-life-chances-and-empowering-communities.pdf
Community Learning and Development Planning for Change, A Review of Community Learning and Development Plans in Scotland 2018 – 21 A review carried out by Education Scotland and partners in 2019 of the statutory CLD plans developed in all 32 local authority areas. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/planning-for-change-a-review-of-cld-plans-in-scotland-2018-21
Community Learning and Development An aspect review of progress made in implementing the CLD Regulations HMI aspect review of CLD planning 2015-2017. https://education.gov.scot/Documents/Aspect-Review-Report-of-CLD-Planning110417.pdf
Community Learning and Development (Youth work) National Youth Work Strategy 2014-19:
  • Interim progress report (2017)
  • Strategy priority and action plan 2017-19 Priorities 2017-19 Logic Model
  • Youth Work research
The national youth work strategy is a partnership between Scottish Government, Education Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and the youth work sector. The 2014-19 strategy was reviewed in 2017 and a revised action plan for 2017-19 agreed.  The strategy and subsequent reports all available from: https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/policy/national-youth-work-strategy
Community Learning and Development (Youth work) National Youth Work Strategy 2014-19 progress report Progress report on implementation of the national youth work strategy 2014-2019. https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/news/june-2020/national-youth-work-strategy-2014-19-progress-report-published/
Community Learning and Development (Youth work) National Youth Work Outcomes Seven national outcomes that articulate the difference that youth works makes with, and for, young people in Scotland. The outcomes were an output from the national youth work strategy 2014-19. https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/policy/youth-work-outcomes
Community Learning and Development (Youth work) YouthLink Scotland's Youth Work & Schools Partnership Programme 2018-21 – key evidence and guidance documents: Education Scotland played a key role with Scottish Government and YouthLink Scotland in developing the Youth Work & Schools Partnership programme 2018-21, which is funded under the Scottish Attainment Challenge to promote and expand the role of youth work in closing the poverty-related attainment gap. https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/programmes/closing-the-attainment-gap https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/media/3914/youth-work-a-guide-for-schools.pdf
Community Learning and Development (Youth work) Amazing Things: A Guide to Youth Awards in Scotland, 4th edition, Awards Network, 2017 The Awards Network is the national forum of providers of non-formal learning opportunities for young people, recognised by youth work awards. It is hosted by Youth Scotland. Education Scotland supported this work by:
  • Managing the strategic grant relationship with the Network, 2014-19
  • Advising the Network's strategy group
http://www.awardsnetwork.org/assets/uploads/documents/Amazing_Things_4th_2.pdf
Community Learning and Development (Youth work) Awards Network case studies Examples of recognising young people's personal achievement through youth awards. Education Scotland supported this work by:
  • Managing the strategic grant relationship with the Network, 2014-19
  • Advising the Network's strategy group
http://www.awardsnetwork.org
Community Learning and Development (Youth work practice) The Link: Quarterly publication by YouthLink (National Youth work organisation in Scotland) focussing on Youth Work and School Partnerships – improving attainment and achievement for our young people. Education Scotland as part of the managed the strategic grant relationship with YouthLink Scotland from 2014 – 2019; and, co-chaired the National Youth Work Strategy with YouthLink during this time. https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/media/3893/the-link-autumn-2019-aw-lr.pdf
Family Learning Framework This document supports practitioners to effectively design, delivery and evaluate family learning programmes which will support family and community needs. Family Learning Framework: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/family-learning-framework/
Engaging parents and families:  A toolkit for practitioners This toolkit has been developed to provide practitioners with a practical resource to help support partnerships with parents and families in all aspects of their children's learning.  The toolkit is a comprehensive online resource. Engaging parents and families - A toolkit for practitioners: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/engaging-parents-and-families-a-toolkit-for-practitioners/

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