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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

There are currently over 50 primary schools across the West Partnership engaging in the Primary Curriculum Programme. The programme is 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 consider their curriculum in relation to the Refreshed Curriculum Narrative and undertake a related collaborative action research project, supported by the ROC team.

The programme is centred around the main themes of ‘How Do We Do It?’:

This programme is designed for two participants per school – a senior leader and a class teacher. Participants have 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 are 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 is used to develop an aspect of the curriculum that participants select as being relevant to their own school. There is 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 recently completed the CCPE process with Professors Mark Priestly and Valerie Drew. These senior leaders are now looking at how they can 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.

Pedagogy “What Makes Great Teaching?”

Pedagogy — “What Makes Great Teaching?”

Within this programme, practitioners across the West Partnership will be given the opportunity to learn and reflect on areas within Pedagogy. The programme will be based around “What Makes Great Teaching” (Robert Coe et all, 2014). Would you like to ‘Demystify Pedagogy? Conquer Metacognition? Unravel Mastery or Harness the Power of Relationships?’ The programme will start in January 2022. More information coming soon. 

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.

Assessment & Moderation

Assessment & Moderation

Within the West Partnership, we are currently creating professional learning around the Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Moderation) Cycle. The professional learning activities will support practitioners across the West Partnership at all levels of their development. The activities can be utilised by practitioners as an individual professional learning session or as a group of practitioners within an establishment. Professional learning activities will be made available on the West Partnership website.

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.

  • Assessment & Moderation Co-ordinators
  • ASN Assessment & Moderation
  • Senior Phase Assessment & Moderation
  • Curriculum (New)
  • Digital Officers
  • Literacy Officers
  • Maths Officers

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.

Coming soon

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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