Scots and Curriculum for Excellence

Scots is an important part of the new school curriculum.

The clear and strong statements made in Curriculum for Excellence about the value of Scots to learning and literacy should give adults and teachers confidence to explore the language for themselves.

Scotland has a rich diversity of languages, including Scots…

Building the Curriculum 1: Languages

I develop and extend my literacy skills when I have opportunities to:

  • engage with and create a wide range of texts (1)
  • develop my understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about my own and other cultures and languages
  • explore the richness and diversity of language (2) and how it can affect me

(1) Texts…may also include writing in Scots.

(2) The languages of Scotland will include the languages which children and young people bring to the classroom.

Literacy and English experiences and outcomes

The languages, dialects and literature of Scotland provide a rich resource for children and young people to learn about Scotland’s culture, identity and language. Through engaging with a wide range of texts they will develop an appreciation of Scotland’s vibrant literary and linguistic heritage and its indigenous languages and dialects. This principle suffuses the experiences and outcomes and it is expected that practitioners will build upon the diversity of language represented within the communities of Scotland, valuing the languages which children and young people bring to school.

Principles and practice: Literacy and English