Council believes that A Curriculum for Excellence has profound
implications for school communities. School, pre-school, and community
staff, young people and parents have the opportunity to build on success
and shape learning in Highland for the 21st century.
The Highland Curriculum for Excellence aims to support school and
associated school group developments by informing, clarifying and
All materials are available freely for use. We do, however, ask any user
not working in a Highland Council ECS Centre to acknowledge this source.
Materials are organised around current Highland ECS priorities: learning
and teaching; transition; achievement. There are additional portals to
curricular architecture, literacy, numeracy, and health/wellbeing. These
will be supplemented in due course.
What does ACE mean in
ACE is a major
opportunity – following meaningful consultation, school staff are
being freed from curricular ‘clutter’ and overly rigid assessment
requirements to develop exciting learning opportunities which will
meet needs well into the century.
ACE builds on
successful developments in L&T and formative assessment – affording
pupils more choices at all stages in their learning, encouraging and
supporting them to be more reflective, self aware, measuring their
own progress and that of their friends.
ACE is a genuine
3-15 programme – promoting ‘seamless’ transitions from pre-school to
primary, primary to secondary; equipping young people to make
appropriate education, employment and training choices 16+.
ACE firmly places
the four capacities and the learning needs of young people at the
centre of the learning process – a centrality becoming increasingly
evident in Highland schools.
ACE is about
recognizing and celebrating lifelong learning in all its forms – not
just because it happens in the classroom and/or leads to an SQA
award – but also in homes and communities.