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Curriculum, Assessment & Qualifications

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The Scottish Government's lifelong learning strategy aims to ensure that everyone develops the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need for learning, life and work. The curriculum is all the experiences that are planned for learners to support the development of these attributes, knowledge and skills.

Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18. It has been introduced to raise standards in learning and teaching and improve our children's life chances.

The curriculum in Scotland is non statutory and so is not dictated by the Government. It is the responsibility of Government to provide the framework for learning and teaching rather than micromanage what goes on in individual schools. Responsibility for what is taught rests with local authorities and schools taking into account national guidelines and advice.

Further information regarding the Curriculum and Curriculum for Excellence is available via the Education Scotland website.

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