A Scottish perspective: development of a value based curriculum

Lynn McNair, Claire Warden

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The Scottish Government has devolved powers for education and child and family policy (The Scottish Parliament, 1998) that sets it apart from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Scottish education system has its own distinct characteristics and has enjoyed an excellent reputation abroad (Knox, n.d.). Concern about an achievement gap identified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) initiated the case for change (OECD, 2007); and an aspiration to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up has driven the cross party consensus in government to radically transform Scottish education. The process began with a Scotland wide consultation, the ‘National Debate on Education’ (Education Scotland, 2002). The people were asked, ‘what do you want from our education system?’ At the end of the consultation, people wanted children who were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors (The Scottish Government, 2004). They wanted a system that reflected the values that parliament itself was founded on: wisdom, justice, integrity and compassion (The Scottish Parliament, 1998).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Early Years Education across the UK
Subtitle of host publicationComparing practice in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
EditorsDiane Boyd, Nicky Hirst
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages59
ISBN (Electronic)9781315776897
ISBN (Print)9781138022720
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2015


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