BROAD GENERAL EDUCATION
What do you assess in the Broad General Education (S1 to S3)?
The national standards describing what is expected of learners at various stages from 3 to 18 years are now defined through published ‘Outcomes and Experiences’ which should be undertaken by all learners in all curricular areas (to the end of S3), in inter-disciplinary learning and in other learning experiences both within and out with the classroom.
Assessment will focus on each learner’s progress and achievement in:
Knowledge and understanding
Attributes and capabilities
All learners have an entitlement to progress through the Levels described in the table below, which will now replace previous forms of assessment such as 5-14, Standard Grade and National Courses. (NB Pupils currently in S3 to S6 will continue to be assessed in traditional ways – see below.)
We anticipate that most learners in Kyle Academy will progress to Level 4 by the end of S3, laying strong foundations for more specialised learning and qualifications in the Senior Phase and lifelong learning beyond school. Children and young people will progress at different rates: some will require additional support and may take longer for their learning to be secure at a particular level for some or all areas of the curriculum; others who achieve secure learning sooner will require more challenging tasks and a greater emphasis on independent learning to help reinforce learning and allow them to maximise their progress and achievement.
All teachers now also have a responsibility for the development of literacy and numeracy skills. It is crucial that children develop these skills from the early years and throughout their education. In assessing children’s and young people’s progress in literacy and numeracy, teachers will use the experiences and outcomes to determine standards of achievement. Health and well-being is also one of the key outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence. Progress in this area will also be assessed across all curricular areas and within and beyond the classroom.
How do you report in the Broad General Education?
For learners to demonstrate that their progress is secure and that they have achieved a level, they will be given opportunities to show that they:
Have achieved a breadth of learning across the experiences and outcomes for an aspect of the curriculum
Can respond to the level of challenge set out in the experiences and outcomes and are moving forward to more challenging learning in some aspects
Can apply what they have learned in new and unfamiliar situations.
Teachers can use these three aspects to decide when a learner has met agreed expectations and achieved a level, either in a part of a curriculum area such as reading, or in a whole curriculum area.