Technologies Experiences and Outcomes – Refresh

The consultation period to reshape the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes has now closed.

Further information, including refreshed materials, will be published here in early 2017.  In the meantime, a number of FAQs are set out below.

QUESTION AND ANSWER

Why are the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes being refreshed?  A body of evidence indicates the Experiences and Outcomes relating to Computing Science and Digital Literacy are out of date and not fit for purpose.  It is vital the Experiences and Outcomes which underpin learning from 3-18 reflects the importance of digital literacy and digital skills. As such, the refresh will ensure the Technologies area of Curriculum for Excellence is relevant and fit for purpose.

Who will this refresh benefit?  The refresh of the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes will benefit both learners and educators.

  • Learners – this will ensure they are offered the experiences which will help develop the technological, including digital skills they require.
  • Educators – this refresh will support them in planning learning, teaching and assessment of relevant and appropriate experiences

When will the work be complete?  The refresh of the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes is expected to be completed and introduced in early 2017.

Will teachers receive support after this refresh is complete?  Yes. Education Scotland will work with local authorities to support the implementation of the refreshed Technologies Experiences and Outcomes.

Will the refresh lead to any significant changes to National Qualifications?  The SQA has confirmed this is unlikely to happen. The relevant NQs are already more skills-focussed then the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes.

Will this lead to all curriculum areas being refreshed? No.  While this is the first refresh of the Scottish curriculum since Curriculum for Excellence was introduced, the remaining Experiences and Outcomes remain fit for purpose.  The demand from both practitioners and the sector indicates the Technologies area was in need of urgent review.

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