Park Primary - Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence has been introduced to raise standards of learning and teaching for all 3 to 18 year olds. It aims to help prepare children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need in a fast changing world.

Curriculum levels

The table below is a general guide to the five curriculum levels with progression to qualifications. The framework is designed to be flexible to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly able or talented.


Level Stage
Early The pre-school years and P1, or later for some.
First To the end of P4, but earlier or later for some.
Second To the end of P7, but earlier or later for some.
Third and fourth S1 to S3, but earlier for some. The fourth level broadly equates to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 4.
Senior phase S4 to S6, and college or other means of study.


This video gives an overview of the benefits of Curriculum for Excellence.


The National Parent Forum of Scotland allows you to engage and express your views on your children's education.


Curriculum for Excellence helps the children develop their knowledge and skills in such areas as

  • Literacy and Language
  • Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Subjects
  • Experessive Arts
  • Sciences
  • Technologies
  • Religious and Moral Education


Learning at the early years

Parents and carers are the biggest influence on a child’s development, particularly in the early years. By working in partnership with staff, you can play a key role in supporting your child’s learning.

Curriculum for Excellence is flexible and meaningful, promotes real-life learning and focuses on the needs of every child and young person.

This leaflet includes information on play and active learning, transitions and giving children the best start in life by playing and learning together at home. The leaflet is part of a range of information materials on Curriculum for Excellence available to parents and carers.



The curriculum is no longer only defined by what goes on in the classroom but is now everything that is planned in school and out of school to allow young people to learn. Some of the ways that children’s learning is being assessed is different. This aims to raise standards of achievement, improve learning experiences and develop skills for learning, life and work.

Assessment is carried out to see what children and young people know, understand and are able to do. Assessment is very important to tracking progress, planning next steps, reporting and involving parents, children and young people in learning.

Assessment covers:

The ways teachers support and assess children’s learning and monitor progress and identify next steps in learning.
Reporting to parents/carers – in writing and in discussions to help them understand their child’s progress and what they can do to help their child’s learning.
Formal recognition of a child or young person's achievements through profiles and qualifications.
By recognising our children’s achievements through a range of new qualifications in the senior school which build on everything they have accomplished throughout their schooling.
Curriculum for Excellence has improved Assessment in the following ways:

A better connected assessment system with smoother links through pre-school, primary, secondary school and college.

More ways of assessing progress to support learning and more flexibility to meet learners' individual needs.

By introducing a profile of our childrens’ achievements. To give a clear statement of the achievements they have made and the skills they have developed at these crucial times in their lives.

There are several Curriculum for Excellence resources for parents, including videos and leaflets, covering the stages Early level, Primary and Secondary.