01387 730240

Shawhead Primary School

Curriculum for Excellence


Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is bringing learning to life in the way education is delivered for all 3-18 year olds – in nursery, primary, secondary, at college, workplace or community learning. It takes a fresh approach to what, how and where young people learn. It aims to raise standards, improve knowledge and develop skills, closing the gap between the lowest and highest performers. Ultimately it aims to nurture young people as successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.


How does Curriculum for Excellence work?


  • The ‘learner journey’ will be joined up from 3-18 to avoid gaps and overlaps in learning and to make the most of achievements outside school.
  • Learners will work at a pace that suits, with enough challenge and support to stretch them.
  • Lessons will be more engaging, inspiring and relevant to everyday life.
  • Teachers will make connections between subjects, helping children make sense of the world.
  • Children will learn how to learn and how to use their learning, not just memorise information to pass tests. This will help them adapt in an uncertain future with the ability to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.
  • There’s more focus on knowledge and skills – including vital skills: literacy and numeracy, which underpin all learning and are critical in life.
  • There are changes to assessment and how progress is reported to give learners, parents and employers better information on potential and achievement

Shawhead Primary School


Telephone: 01387 730240

Head Teacher – Mrs. Karen Little
Present roll: 40
Number of classes: 2

Local Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council Council Offices
English Street

Telephone: 03 03 3333000

Director Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning

Colin Grant
30 Edinburgh Road

Telephone: 03 03 333 3000