The Experiences and Outcomes in the Technologies area of Curriculum for Excellence have been refreshed. A key focus of the refresh has been on the Experiences and Outcomes relating to Computing Science and Digital Literacy (formerly ICT to enhance learning).
Work at both a national and local level has indicated that the previous Experiences and Outcomes were out of date and there was substantial appetite from the profession, academics and industry for a review. This is because they no longer reflected the rapidly changing prevalence and central position of digital technology within our society.
The review of the E’s and O’s was led by a team of writers made up of practitioners (early years, primary and secondary), academics, local authority representatives and SQA, led by Education Scotland. A set of provisional E’s and O’s were then subject to two rounds of consultation process which involved teachers, teaching unions, local authorities academics, ITE’s, SQA, Young Scot, Parent Forums and digital employers. There were face-to face events (6 events with around 150 attendees in total) as well as e-mail (143 responses in total) and Yammer Q&A sessions The E’s and O’s were then refined in light of consultation feedback.
We expect schools to adopt the new E’s and O’s at the pace that suits them – at present, expect them all to be aware and to have a plan for how they will adopt them into their curriculum. Many will have already been moving their curriculum towards these E’s and O’s because the changes were anticipated in the 2015 Significant Aspects of Learning for the Technologies” document,
Learners will be benefit as they will be able to develop relevant technological skills that will allow them to thrive and succeed in today’s increasingly digitised world.
Educators will benefit as the refreshed Experiences and Outcomes will clarify expectations around learning and progression in digital education and help them enrich learning
Education Scotland will provide access to national level resources to support teachers in the delivery of the refreshed Es and Os. In addition, Education Scotland will work with local authorities and individual education establishments to ensure that teachers can access appropriate and effective support at a local level.
Examples of the resources and support already in place
- New professional learning resources for primary teachers through “Barefoot”, a partnership between BT and BCS (the Chartered Institute for computing). 928 Teachers in Scotland have registered with Barefoot and 35 workshops have been delivered reaching a total of 585 teachers since the launch.
- The Digital Skills Investment Plan (SIP) has supported two development officers who have worked with 17 out of the 32 local authorities in the past year to help primary schools improve their work on computing science.
- The Digital SIP is also supporting a CLPL needs assessment for secondary computing science teachers, with a possible view to funding a CLPL programme next financial year. Significant resources for secondary computing science have also been provided through the Plan C project that Curriculum Unit funded from 2013 through to 2015.
- The Digital Schools Award Scotland launched at SLF 2016 provides a self-evaluation framework for primary schools which will allow them to work towards improving digital literacy in the curriculum through action under the themes of school culture, curriculum and infrastructure.
- The National technologies Network are developing a pathway of CLPL to be shared across all Local Authorities.
The refreshed E’s & O’s, along with other actions announced as part of our refreshed Digital Strategy, will help our young people develop the skills they need to thrive in modern society and the workplace.
Refreshed Technologies E’s & O’s available below in PDF and Word format
New Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks for all curriculum areas are now available on the National Improvement Hub. Developed by Education Scotland in consultation with individual teachers and networks across the profession, the Benchmarks embed a wide range of existing assessment guidance which includes significant aspects of learning, progression frameworks and annotated exemplification, into one key resource to support teachers’ professional judgement.
The Benchmarks are presented alongside the Experiences and Outcomes, along with supporting guidance and exemplification. Teachers should begin to familiarise themselves with the Benchmarks through using them to support assessment as appropriate in their local contexts, and taking account of current school improvement priorities.
Benchmarks have been developed to provide clarity on the national standards expected within each curriculum area at each level. They set out clear lines of progression in literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics, and across all other curriculum areas from Early to Fourth Levels (First to Fourth Levels in Modern Languages). Their purpose is to make clear what learners need to know and be able to do to progress through the levels, and to support consistency in teachers’ and other practitioners’ professional judgements.
Benchmarks are designed to be concise and accessible, with sufficient detail to communicate clearly the standards expected for each curriculum level: