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The 5-14 Curriculum

The 5-14 Curriculum was introduced in 1991. It covers the entire primary age range and the first two years of secondary school. It is described in a series of documents which were published by the then Scottish Office Education Department. It describes what is to be taught, how it is to be taught and how pupil attainment will be assessed.

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For more information about the 5-14 Curriculum visit the 5-14 Online website.

A Curriculum for Excellence (ACE)

The 5-14 Curriculum is currently being reviewed and will be replaced with a Curriculum for Excellence. It sets out to:

  • Reduce overcrowding in the curriculum.
  • Make learning more enjoyable.
  • Make better connections between the stages in the curriculum from 3 to 18.
  • Achieve a better balance between 'academic' and 'vocational' subjects.
  • Broaden the range of learning experiences for young people.
  • Equip young people with the skills they need now and in future employment.
  • Make sure that approaches to assessment and certification support learning.
  • Offer more choice to meet the needs of individual young people

"A Curriculum for Excellence' sets out the Scottish Executive's vision for transforming Scottish education by 2007. It seeks to establish the values, purposes and principles of education in Scotland for children between the ages of 3 and 18."

From the ACE website

"Our aspiration is to enable all children to develop their capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society." 

From A Curriculum for Excellence: The Curriculum Review Group' (2004).

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Full details can be found on the ACE website.

Quality Improvement

Each year the school lays out its development plans in the School Improvement Plan. This takes into account school priorities, Scottish Borders Council priorities and national priorities. Any parent is welcome to comment on the plan and to contribute any suggestions for improvements. This can be done by contacting any member of the School Board. The plan is produced during May and June each year.

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In September of each year a Standards and Quality report is produced. This summarises progress during the previous session and reports back on the outcomes of the previous year's improvement plan.

r to read a summary of the Standards and Quality Reportfor 2004-2005. (Close the window to return here)
r to read the complete Standards and Quality Reportfor 2004-2005. (Close the window to return here)

Please note that the arrangements for School Improvement Planning and Standards and Quality reporting will be changed this year. A single document incorporating both reports will be produced by the end of June.


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