Curriculum for Excellence
Education Secretary Michael Russell met with a group of Primary 7 parents to discuss Curriculum for Excellence, as his message to parents starts to drop through letter boxes across Scotland.
The P7 pupils will attend St Modan's High in Stirling and the letter includes information about Curriculum for Excellence, such as examples of how subjects can be linked, the new qualifications, and what will change and what will not.
Mr Russell said:
"As Curriculum for Excellence is being put into practice in schools this August, it's important that parents know how it will improve their child's education. That's why I have written to all parents of primary 7 pupils, highlighting the main points about the new curriculum.
"My letter builds on the parental toolkit which helps schools tell parents about the changes and delivers another part of my ten point plan. It is good that schools are organising events for parents and I was pleased to attend today's information morning at St Modan's High.
"The laws of physics and rules of French grammar will remain the same, so no one needs to think that everything in use now has to be re-thought or re-written. That is emphatically not the case; Curriculum for Excellence is more about method than content.
"Curriculum for Excellence will build on the current strengths of Scottish education and make sure our young people are resourceful, adaptable, flexible, confident and responsible. It will give them the skills they need for the jobs of the future and make sure they - and Scotland - will be in a stronger position to succeed in a global economy."
Mr Frank Lennon, Headteacher of St Modan's High School, said:
"With the School Act of 1695, Scotland was the first country in the world to come up with the concept of a national education system. With the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in 2010 we embark on perhaps our most ambitious aim since then - to implement across our country a coherent education from 3-18 whose purpose is not just to provide young people with knowledge and skills by the time leave school, but which in the four capacities, sets out the kind of people we hope they will become.
"For teachers it means more flexibility, more freedom, more excitement and more professional responsibility. It provides the best opportunity in a generation for teachers to be freed up to use their creative powers and passion for learning to motivate and inspire young people. The new S1 could become the best educated year group in Scottish education's long and distinguished tradition."
Debbie Wilson, Parent of pupil going into S1 in St Modan's in August 2010-11, said:
"My views on the leaflet are that it is informative and uplifting as a parent of a new S1 it certainly settled some on my initial fears about the Curriculum for Excellence."