Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is the 3-18 curriculum in Scotland which offers a broad and deep general education from early years (aged 3) through to the end of S3 (typically age 15). It includes a senior phase of education (typically 15-18) which provides opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work and obtain qualifications. It promotes the ability to learn and to reflect on their own learning, skills for life that will help young people go onto further study, to secure work and to navigate successfully through life. Ultimately, the aim is to make our education system fit for the modern world and improve young people's achievements, attainment and life chances; through enabling all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Curriculum for Excellence encourages teachers to use their professional expertise and creativity to show how subjects can be linked, just as they are in life and work. They work to national guidance called Experience and Outcomes that sets out rigorous standards for young people's progression through the different levels of the new curriculum.

Curriculum for Excellence in Action shows how schools are implementing the curriculum, plus sign-posting to further information for parents, employers, professionals who support learning and learners.


Education and the Arts, Culture and Creativity: An Action Plan

Gaelic and Scots
Instrumental Music Group
Language Learning: 1+2 Model
Learning for Sustainability
Numeracy Across Learning
Religious Education and Observance
Science Education - STEM
Scottish Studies
Sustainable Development