Qualifications for the Future: Curriculum for Excellence Update
John Allan, Project Manager, and James McVittie, Senior Consultant, SQA led this seminar which was designed to:
- update delegates on Scottish Government plans for consultation on qualifications at SCQF levels 4 and 5
- provide opportunity for delegates to discuss the extent to which existing qualifications supported Curriculum for Excellence aims, purposes and values.
John and James spoke about the likely scope of the consultation process and gave an overview of the possible options, namely:
- retain current dual system of Standard Grade and Intermediate 1 and 2
- retain Intermediate 1 and 2 only (discontinue Standard Grade)
- use the 'best' features of Standard Grade and Intermediate 1 and 2 to create new set of qualifications at SCQF levels 4 and 5 that replace the existing arrangements.
They also provided an update on the wider achievement strand of work which was being led by LTS, indicating that this work was likely to be taken forward through action research projects designed to develop guidance materials and exemplification of good practice.
Following a brief question and answered session, John and James reminded delegates of some of the main principles underpinning assessment within CfE, namely:
- the scope and nature of assessment and qualifications should be consistent with the values, purposes and principles of CfE
- assessment should support learning and teaching
- Qualifications which are flexible, to meet individual and local needs for every young person
- more explicit focus on core, vocational and essential skills
Examples of current qualifications which matched these principles included:
- Skills for Work
- Personal Development
- Core Skills
Delegates were then invited to contribute to thinking by attaching post-it notes to flip charts, under the following headings:
- What qualifications are you currently using to support thinking on Curriculum for Excellence?
- To what extent do NQGAs support Curriculum for Excellence aims?
- What changes are you already making to assessment in order to support learning and teaching and to support Curriculum for Excellence aims?
Delegates found the seminar informative and there were a number of questions relating to the likely date for the formal consultation process to begin and its scope and nature.
Discussion also centred around ways in which centres were beginning to plan their curriculum in response to CfE curriculum architecture and ways in which assessment and qualifications might support this.
Link to session 2 powerpoint presentation - Qualifications for the future (108 KB)