This paper analyses the changing shape of the Scottish secondary curriculum, resulting from national, local authority and school interpretation and implementation of the national Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) initiative of 2003 and its associated documentation. The paper also considers the impact of CfE and the associated ‘new’ National Qualifications (nNQs), introduced from 2013-2014, on attainment in Scottish secondary schools, seeking to answer the question:
“Have the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence initiative from 2010 and the availability of linked “new” National Qualifications impacted on curricular structures, subject enrolments and/or attainment in Scottish secondary schools?”
The findings of the paper include evidence of extensive fragmentation of the S1-3 curriculum across a significant proportion of Scottish secondary schools, narrowing or severe narrowing of the S4 curriculum in a majority of Scottish secondary schools, a highly significant and continuing trend of decline in overall attainment at SCQF levels 3-5 since 2013, a smaller decline at SCQF level 6 (Higher), issues related to the ‘passability’ of SCQF level 5 courses, subject areas where the curricular presence has significantly to very significantly declined since 2013 and an apparent failure of the part of many Scottish schools to provide parents and pupils with the necessary information to allow them to decide which school would be most beneficial for enrolment by individual learners.
|Title of host publication||Meeting Papers of the Education and Skills Committee |
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh|
|Number of pages||36|
|Volume||22nd Meeting, Wednesday 19 September 2018 |
|Publication status||Published - 19 Sep 2018|