Curriculum for Excellence

Discover how Youth Scotland's programmes support you to reach the goals of Curriculum for Excellence


Partnerships with colleges, youth work services, the voluntary sector and employers will open up a wide range of motivating choices, based upon the experiences and outcomes, to meet the needs of all young people.
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As Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) continues to shape the learning experience of young people aged 3 - 18, Youth Scotland has developed a series of materials and training sessions to help practitioners understand and use the CfE approach in planning, delivering and evaluating their programmes for young people.

Download Curriculum for Excellence - A Youth Scotland Quick Guide for a basic introduction.

What is CfE?

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is an approach that supports young people as they learn and develop the four capacities: successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. 

CfE supports the idea that learning and achievement can take place in a variety of formats and settings; not just schools.    The Building the Curriculum documents (link here) make it clear that all agencies that work with young people have a role to play in CfE.

There are strong links between the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work (link here) and Curriculum for Excellence, particularly with regards to the young person-centred approach and an emphasis on empowerment and health and well-being.  It could be said that youth work has always delivered Curriculum for Excellence.

Schools are expected to work in partnership with external agencies in order to meet the needs of all learners.

Many of Youth Scotland's member groups have been working in partnership with schools for some time now.  Education Scotland's team of HMIs expect to see evidence of joint planning and partnership work when they carry out school and community inspections.

An effective partnership requires both parties to speak a common language.  Under Curriculum for Excellence, the common language is expected to be the experiences and outcomesRead our guide to the experiences and outcomes here.

Read more about Curriculum for Excellence on the Education Scotland website.

Also in this section:

  • Download Youth Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes Guide for Youth Workers.  This tool supports you to refer to the CfE Experiences and Outcomes most relevant in your work.  Click here for more information.
  • View Youth Scotland's online presentation which links our individual learning awards - Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards - to CfE Experiences and Outcomes.  Click here to view this presentation.


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