Scottish Studies

Understanding Scottish history, language and culture and connecting with Scotland as a place through our landscape and natural heritage are an important part of developing a sense of identity, confidence and wellbeing which will help enable young people to flourish in learning, life and work. Curriculum for Excellence focuses on enabling a more relevant and connected learning experience which raises ambition and attainment for all and Scottish Studies complements this.

Scottish Studies Working Group

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP convened a Scottish Studies Working Group to provide strategic advice and direction to support the implementation of the manifesto commitment: "We will develop the concept of ‘Scottish Studies’ in our schools, creating a distinct strand of learning focused on Scotland and incorporating Scottish History, Scottish Literature, the Scots and Gaelic Languages, wider Scottish culture and Scottish current affairs. All pupils will have access to this strand at Primary and Secondary levels." 

The group gave particular consideration to how to ensure pupils have access to a distinct strand of learning about Scotland while avoiding any risk of the marginalisation of Scottish learning. The Group’s conclusions and recommendations were published on Thursday 1 March and are available below.  A news release announcing publication of the recommendations may be found at: - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/News-Today