Councillors update on curriculum developments

COUNCILLORS will be briefed on Thursday regarding progress on introducing the senior phase of the Curriculum for Excellence in Aberdeenshire.

Members will be updated on developments following the December meeting of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee when a number of actions were agreed.

These include the formation of a Senior Phase Working Group, consisting of parents, council officers, elected members, teachers and representatives from Education Scotland and other partners, which held its first meeting in January.

All parents have now been sent a letter outlining some key facts about the new curriculum in secondary schools, with further discussions taking place where requested.

In addition, each school has been directed to provide an information booklet for parents, most of which have been received, while a ‘peer group pairing scheme’ has been co-ordinated by the Aberdeenshire Secondary Head Teachers’ Association (ASHTA) to provide support in curriculum development.

Councillor Isobel Davidson, Education Committee chair, and senior council officers, met with Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in December, following which the Scottish Government issued a letter to all parent councils in Aberdeenshire clarifying its position.

Kenneth Muir, Strategic Director (School Years) and Director of Inspection at Education Scotland, will attend today’s committee meeting.

The senior phase of the new national curriculum is in the process of being implemented across the area.