Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Statement for Practitioners (Aug 2016) stated that the two key resources which support practitioners to plan learning, teaching and assessment are:
- Experiences and Outcomes
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.
The Benchmarks for literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics can help ensure greater consistency in the assessment data for literacy and numeracy now being collected at national level.
At this point, there is no expectation that teachers will report on learners’ achievement of a level in curriculum areas beyond literacy and numeracy.
The introduction of Benchmarks for all other areas of the curriculum needs to be proportionate and manageable. Teachers and other practitioners should be given time to engage in professional discussion to become familiar with the Benchmarks and start to use them in line with their school improvement plans.
Who is this for?
The guidance is for teachers and other practitioners, including those in early learning and childcare, youth work, colleges and local authorities.