Attainment is crucial for future success
Through Curriculum for Excellence we need to drive up attainment for every child and keep closing the gap between the highest and lowest achievers. This is something I believe in passionately as it’s a crucial part of improving children’s life chances.
Educational performance in Scotland is certainly improving but we cannot become complacent. We’re heading in the right direction. We just need to make even greater progress on the journey.
I want the best for Scotland’s children and young people. With this in mind I have been working with a group of head teachers, the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) and Education Scotland to consider how we keep raising attainment and improving life chances. And through sharing experience and expertise, we have developed a range of advice to assist teachers in making a positive difference to raising attainment among Scotland’s pupils from age three to 18. I’ve sent advice to every teacher in Scotland to support them and to start a wider discussion. I hope it will also, at this crucial time, help inform teachers’ personal improvement plans.
Increasing standards through excellent teaching and learning is central to Curriculum for Excellence. Using the new curriculum’s greater flexibility we can improve motivation and rich attainment in our young people and make sure they leave school with the confidence and ability to fulfil their potential. This is hugely important as improved attainment is a young person’s passport to social, cultural and economic prosperity.
The modern world is increasingly competitive. But it is also an exciting place, full of great opportunities. I believe passionately that Scotland should be the best place for a child to grow up and flourish, and education is the key to achieving that. Working together across politics we must make that happen and in so doing deliver improved life chances for all of our children and young people.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Life long Learning
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