Curriculum, Learning,
Teaching & Assessment

The Curriculum, Learning, Teaching & Assessment Workstream aims to grow an empowered learning system which provides the best possible curriculum for children and young people. It also aims to ensure this learning system delivers excellent approaches to learning, teaching and assessment for all.

It aims to:

Carol McArdle


Curriculum, Learning, Teaching & Assessment


We are working to achieve this through a wide variety of activities including:

Primary Curriculum Programme

Primary Curriculum Programme

40 primary schools across the West Partnership engaged in the Primary Curriculum Programme. The programme was an opportunity for Primary colleagues to come together and focus on developing the curriculum in their own contexts.

Working with Education Scotland and researchers from The Robert Owen Centre (ROC) at the University of Glasgow participants considered their curriculum in relation to the Refreshed Curriculum Narrative and completed a related collaborative action research project, supported by the ROC team.


This programme was designed for two participants per school – a senior leader and a class teacher. Participants were given the opportunity to consider the Refreshed Curriculum Narrative in relation to their own context and to work with other schools whilst doing this. In addition participants were supported to undertake a collaborative action research (CAR) project by specialist researchers from the Robert Owen Centre at the University of Glasgow. This enquiry based process was used to develop an aspect of the curriculum that participants select as being relevant to their own school. At the events in May, there was also an opportunity to hear about and share learning from across the projects undertaken by other participants.

The CAR process itself can be used as a tool to support improvement in many areas identified by the school. Although the focus in this professional learning programme is on curriculum, it is hoped that participants will also be able to use CAR to support improvement in other areas in the future.

Secondary Curriculum — Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry

Secondary Curriculum — Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry (CCPE)

Senior leaders from across the West Partnership have now completed the CCPE programme with Professors Mark Priestly and Valerie Drew. Over the coming months, senior leaders will share their learning and the impact of the CCPE with Head Teachers and Depute Head Teachers responsible for Curriculum Development across the West Partnership.

The programme will model School Based-Curriculum Development through Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry (CCPE). The programme will be suitable for senior leaders with responsibility for curriculum making in their schools. 

Curriculum is firmly on the agenda of the Scottish education system. The OECD review provides an opportunity to think about what matters in schools, and will raise uncomfortable questions about current thinking and practices. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has also thrown these questions into sharp relief, both disrupting existing patterns of practice while simultaneously opening up opportunities to explore new ways of doing. One caveat here is that systematic and conceptually informed thinking about the curriculum becomes more rather than less important, if we are to avoid knee-jerk reactions to the pandemic. Furthermore, Curriculum has assumed a more prominent position in the new draft GTCS standards than was the case previously. For these reasons, exploration of the relevant issues raised in this programme are especially important at present.

The aims of the programme will be to:

If you would like more information please contact Carol McArdle.

Play Pedagogy

Play Pedagogy

The aim of the Play Pedagogy group is to allow representatives to come together to discuss and share good practice between authorities.

Pedagogy — “What Makes Great Teaching?”

There are currently over 250 teachers signed up to the ‘Pedagogy for All’ Programme. This programme is an opportunity for Primary and Secondary teachers to come together and focus on ‘What Makes Great Teaching’ (Robert Coe et al, 2014). Participants are given the opportunity to work with colleagues across The West Partnership, Education Scotland and researchers from the Robert Owen Centre (ROC) at the University of Glasgow. If participants complete all of the four sessions, they have the option to support each other and take forward a Collaborative Action Research project.

Specialist Networks

Specialist Networks

List of specialist networks

Specialist networks are where groups of representatives collaborate to share experience and expertise. This can result in the development of resources, events or professional learning opportunities. The Specialist Networks promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise across local authorities promoting cross-sector collaboration.

The Assessment & Moderation Co-ordinators network aims to further develop practitioner confidence when making CFE level judgements when benchmarked using National standards.

The ASN Assessment & Moderation network aims to give ASN practitioners the opportunity across the West Partnership to come together and engage in moderation which will have been created, developing consistency in knowledge and understanding around the moderation of planning, assessment and achievement of a level. 

The Senior Phase Assessment & Moderation network aims to further develop practitioner confidence when making professional judgements in line with national standards.

The aim of the Curriculum Network is to allow representatives to come together to discuss and share good practice between authorities.

The Digital Officers network aims to increase the awareness of interesting and innovative practice around digital pedagogy in the West Partnership for practitioners which improve the learning experience for children and young people.  

The Literacy Officers network aims to further develop practitioner confidence in 'reading for pleasure' pedagogy.

The Maths Officers network aims to share effective practice across the West Partnership through appropriate workshops and information sessions.

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Curriculum, Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Collaborative learning

Wellbeing for Learning


Leadership, Empowerment & Improvement


Evaluating & Reporting


West OS


Events & Communication

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Remote Learning

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