Jamie Thom

Curriculum for Excellence fails to live up to its name

While Curriculum for Excellence should be lauded for its emphasis on holistic education and its willingness to trust teachers’ professional judgement, there is still a way to go before it can truly live up to its name, argues Jamie Thom

Curriculum for Excellence fails to live up to its name

Iarrived back in Scotland last year, after a decade of teaching in English schools. Having now experienced teaching in two Scottish schools (one doing a short maternity cover, the other a permanent position), I finally feel I have enough of a grasp on what I’m doing to reflect on that most divisive of issues: the curriculum.

I will confess that for much of the first six months back in Scotland, it felt more like a Curriculum for Confusion than a Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

In part, this was down to my returning to a landscape that seemed completely altered in almost every way to my ...

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