Broad General Education
The Broad General Education (BGE)
The overall purpose of the curriculum in Scotland is shown below and can be summed up as helping children and young people to become:
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
- Responsible citizens
- Effective contributors.
These are referred to as the “four capacities.”
The BGE phase in Scottish Education runs from Primary 1 through the Secondary 3. During this time pupils will be exposed to all the broad areas of learning as shown below:
The eight curriculum areas are:
- Expressive arts
- Health and wellbeing
- Languages (including English, Gaidhlig, Gaelic learners and modern languages)
- Religious and moral education
- Social studies
Literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are recognised as being particularly important – these areas are seen as being the ‘responsibility of all’ staff.
As pupils move through the BGE their learning becomes more specialised and more demanding preparing them for the Senior Phase (SP) which runs from S4 to S6 and includes external SQA examinations.
You can find out more about Curriculum for Excellence and the BGE here.