Improved versions of Scotland’s curriculum for excellence

We’ve been working on improved versions of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence materials. We’ll be providing lots more details soon, but here are some initial overviews to explain the project.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD DESIGN FOR CURRICULUM DOCUMENTATION

You can read Harold Raitt’s paper The Importance of Good Design for Curriculum Documentation, presented to the RSA/EduMod’s CfE 2.0: Gaitherin’ at Moray House in Edinburgh on Saturday, 8 June 2019. It gives an overview of the design problems with the original print versions and PDFs of Curriculum for Excellence, and the methodology used in our SeeHearTeach project to redesign them.

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Curriculum for excellence: streamlined

All the Experiences & Outcomes, beautifully redesigned with a focus on usability. Clever design reduces the original 313-page document to just over a third of the length. By organising key ‘Es & Os’ neatly over facing pages (rather than spread over five or six pages), it is much easier to use when planning your pupils’ learning. You can read about the methodology on pages 2-3 of our paper The Importance of Good Design for Curriculum Documentation.

  • Available on Amazon in mid-June: £12.50 or contact mail@seehearteach.scot.
  • Bulk orders of 10+ available by contacting mail@seehearteach.scot for £10 per copy + P&P.
  • Digital copies: The formatting of the book means it works particularly well in print. PDFs can be prepared to order, with a strict licence agreement limiting distribution to (a) your personal use, or (b) use within a given institution. Get in touch …
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Benchmarks: The Next Steps

A full edition of all the Benchmarks from Early to Fourth Level. Benchmarks are grouped by organisers, making it easier to compare similar Benchmarks at different levels. Also includes all the Principles & Practice documents, and a number of Experiences & Outcomes and appendices omitted from the Benchmarks documentation. You can read about the methodology on pages 4-5 of our paper The Importance of Good Design for Curriculum Documentation.

  • Available on Amazon in mid-June: £20 or contact mail@seehearteach.scot.
  • Bulk orders of 10+ available by contacting mail@seehearteach.scot for £17.50 per copy + P&P.
  • Digital copies: The formatting of the book means it works particularly well in print. PDFs can be prepared to order, with a strict licence agreement limiting distribution to (a) your personal use, or (b) use within a given institution. Get in touch …
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benchmarks: PRIMARY EDITION

A version of Benchmarks: The Next Steps with the Benchmarks from Early to Second Level. Benchmarks are grouped by organisers, making it easier to compare similar Benchmarks at different levels. Also includes all the Principles & Practice documents, and a number of Experiences & Outcomes and appendices omitted from the Benchmarks documentation. 

  • Available on Amazon in late June: £TBC or contact mail@seehearteach.scot.
  • Bulk orders of 10+ available by contacting mail@seehearteach.scot.
  • Digital copies: The formatting of the book means it works particularly well in print. PDFs can be prepared to order, with a strict licence agreement limiting distribution to (a) your personal use, or (b) use within a given institution. Get in touch …
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CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE: COMPLETE EDITION

All the Curriculum for Excellence documentation, centred on the Benchmarks and Experiences & Outcomes from Benchmarks – The Next Steps. Also includes the five Building the Curriculum publications which laid the foundations for Curriculum for Excellence, all the ‘CfE Briefing’ papers, and a number of other useful documents and appendices. You can read a bit about the need for a complete edition of CfE on pages 6-7 of our paper The Importance of Good Design for Curriculum Documentation.

  • Available on Amazon in late June: £TBC or contact mail@seehearteach.scot.
  • Bulk orders of 5+ available by contacting mail@seehearteach.scot.
  • Digital copies: The formatting of the book means it works particularly well in print. PDFs can be prepared to order, with a strict licence agreement limiting distribution to (a) your personal use, or (b) use within a given institution. Get in touch …

HAROLD RAITT

Director, SeeHearTeach

Harold has over 15 years’ experience working with schools; he ran the English-Speaking Union’s London Debate Challenge from 2004-2007, and was nominated for a BAFTA for ‘TV Craft: Interactive Creative Contribution’ for the work by him and his team as part of the National Theatre’s Education Department from 2007-2009.
 
He started  on his redesign of the Curriculum for Excellence documentation in the first term of his PGDE (Primary Education) at Dundee University in 2017. He didn’t end up completing the PGDE, but has continued with his CfE projects, and hopes to start an MEd, with a dissertation on the curriculum, in 2019-2020.

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