Developing the Young Workforce- What is it?
Developing the Young Workforce is a seven-year programme that aims to better prepare children and young people from 3–18 for the world of work.
This programme builds on the foundations already in place as part of Curriculum for Excellence.
The programme’s headline aim is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.
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"Numeracy provides essential analytic, problem-solving and decision-making skills, including financial awareness. Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It increases our opportunities within the world of work and establishes foundations which can be built upon through lifelong learning. Numeracy is not only a subset of mathematics; it is also a life skill which permeates and supports all areas of learning, allowing young people access to the wider curriculum."
Curriculum for Excellence
A Guide to Numeracy
In order to support the teaching of numeracy across the curriculum we have produced a "How to..." guide covering key skills. It explains, with detailed examples, how problems involving numbers are taught in Carluke High School.
This resource may be useful for parents/carers wishing to help their young person with numeracy work at home.
Third/Fourth Level (S1-3) Numeracy Guide
Senior Phase (S4-6) Numeracy Guide
Brush up on Numeracy
The BBC website has a section of pages called Skillswise which is an excellent resource for adults wishing to refresh their numeracy skills.
What is literacy?
Curriculum for Excellence gives a new focus to literacy across learning. Literacy has been defined within Curriculum for Excellence as 'the set of skills which allows an individual to engage fully in society and in learning, through the different forms of language, and the range of texts, which society values and finds useful' (Principles and practice: Literacy across learning, 2009). This is a broader definition than one that just focuses on the ability to read and write.
The literacy framework has three elements:
• listening and talking
Literacy skills will be developed in all subjects and across the eight curriculum areas – Expressive arts, Health and wellbeing, Languages, Mathematics, Religious and moral education, Sciences, Social studies and Technologies – not only in early years settings, language classes in primary schools or English and Gàidhlig classes in secondary schools and colleges.
(Curriculum for Excellence Bringing life to learning and learning to life May 2011)
Literacy within Carluke High School
"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.
The curriculum includes the totality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated."
Taken from Education Scotland website:
The Four Capacities
The 3-18 curriculum aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work.
The knowledge, skills and attributes learners will develop will allow them to demonstrate four key capacities – to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
Developing skills and attributes
It aims to develop four capacities, helping children to become:
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
- Responsible citizens
- Effective contributors
For more information on the four capacities click here
Broad General Education
'Every child and young person is entitled to experience a broad general education.'
All children and young people in Scotland have an entitlement to a curriculum which will support them in developing their values and beliefs and enable them to:
achieve the highest possible levels of literacy and numeracy and cognitive skills
- develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
- develop knowledge and understanding of society, the world and Scotland's place in it
- experience challenge and success so that they can develop well-informed views and act responsibly.
They should be encouraged to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle and be equipped with the skills needed for planning their future lives and careers.
The period of education from pre-school to the end of S3 has the particular purpose of providing each young person in Scotland with this broad general education.
For more information click here.
The curriculum areas are the organisers for ensuring that learning takes place across a broad range of contexts, and offer a way of grouping experiences and outcomes under recognisable headings.
The eight curriculum areas are:
- Expressive arts
- Health and wellbeing
- Religious and moral education
- Social studies
"The curriculum should include space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so that children and young people can make connections between different areas of learning."
For more information on the curricular areas click here
"Curriculum for Excellence defines five levels of learning.
The first four levels are described in the experiences and outcomes, with progression to qualifications described under a fifth level, the senior phase."
|Early||Pre-school, Primary1, or later for some|
|First||To the end of P4, but earlier for some or later for some|
|Second||To the end of P7, but earlier for some or later for some|
S1-S3, but earlier for some
The fourth level broadly equates to Scottish Credit
|Senior Phase||S4-S6, and college or other means of study|
For more information on Curriculum Levels click here.
Current National Qualifications Framework
National Qualifications (NQs) are for students in secondary schools and are also offered in colleges of further education.
|Standard Grades||National Courses/Units|
|Standard Grade - Credit||Intermediate 2|
|Standard Grade - General||Intermediate 1|
|Standard Grade - Foundation||Access 3|
What is changing?
- National 4 and 5 qualifications – to replace Standard Grade and Intermediate qualifications in the current system from 2013/14
- Formal recognition of Literacy and Numeracy through the new qualifications system – as Units within English and Mathematics courses and as a stand-alone option.
The current qualifications at Access, Higher and Advanced Higher level will remain but they will be reviewed to ensure that they reflect the ideas behind Curriculum for Excellence.
When will these changes happen?
The National 4 & 5 qualifications and Literacy and Numeracy Units will be introduced in 2013/2014.
This means that children who were in Primary 7 in the 2009/10 school year will be the first ones to take the new national qualifications.
2009/10 and 2010/11 - new curriculum introduced
2012 - publication of new qualifications at levels 4 & 5 (National 4 &National 5) and revised qualifications at levels 1-3 and 6 (Access and Higher)
2012/13 - last Standard Grades and publication of revised qualifications level 7 (Advanced Higher)
2013/14 - first new and revised qualifications at levels 1 to 5 (Access and National 4 and 5); 'dual run' with existing National Courses for Access, Intermediates
2014/15 - first revised qualifications at level 6 (Higher); 'dual run' with existing National Courses for Access, Intermediates and Highers
2015/16 - first revised qualifications at level 7 (Advanced Higher)
For more information click here.