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The Curriculum for Excellence

The purposes of the curriculum are to enable all young people to become:                         

 Successful learners

Confident individuals

Effective contributors

Responsible citizens


The 3 – 18 Curriculum aims to enable all young people to  become:


Successful learners with

  • enthusiasm and motivation for learning
  • determination to reach high standards of achievement
  • openness to new thinking and ideas


Confident individuals with

  • self respect
  • a sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • secure values and beliefs
  • ambition


and are able to

  • use literacy, communication and numeracy skills
  • use technology for learning
  • think creatively and independently
  • learn independently and as part of a group
  • make reasoned evaluations
  • link and apply different kinds of learning in new situations


and are able to

  • relate to others and manage themselves
  • pursue a healthy and active lifestyle
  • be self aware
  • develop and communicate their own beliefs and view of the world
  • live as independently as they can
  • assess risk and make informed decisions
  • achieve success in different areas of activity


Effective contributors with

  • an enterprising attitude
  • resilience
  • self- reliance


Responsible citizens with

  • respect for others
  • commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic social and cultural life



and are able to

  • communicate in different ways and in different settings
  • work in partnership and in teams
  • take the initiative and lead
  • apply critical thinking in new contexts
  • create and develop
  • solve problems


and are able to

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it
  • understand different beliefs and cultures
  • make informed choices and decisions