Curriculum for Excellence – Widening Horizons

When the main objective of a school system is to prepare young people to pass exams, and when the achievement of that objective supercedes all else, including critical thinking and an enterprising attitude, then it is time to think again. Which is precisely what many schools are now doing, with the support of the Scottish Government, in developing the values, purposes and principles of Curriculum for Excellence. In a series of illustrative video clips produced in association with schools across Scotland, these values, purposes and principles are given flesh and bones, as young people explain for the benefit of parents and others the advantages of a ‘project-based’ curriculum, where they have the opportunity to work together in finding solutions to real-life issues. Here, the young students from Biggar High School are learning about International Trade. Many other fine examples of enterprising learning can be found on the Scottish Government website.


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